Friday, 31 March 2017

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

31st March saw 35 Friends enjoy a day out devoted to Charles Rennie Mackintosh which included visits to House for an Art Lover in Bellahouston Park and Scotland St School. We enjoyed a tour of the House, especially the splendid music room (pictured), though sadly the rain meant less time spent in the lovely garden and looking at the new sculptures.

Scotland St School brought back happy (?) memories of schooldays to some of our members when we visited the old classroom with its tiered rows of wooden desks with inkwells. On hand was the “Horrible Heidie” to keep us in check but he didn’t stop us appreciating the architecture and designs of Mackintosh’s remarkable building.  

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tommy’s War and Tommy’s Peace

The diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone are an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to know about Glasgow in the years between 1913 and 1933. When they were up for sale, the Friends Executive Committee were pleased to be able to contribute £1,000 pounds to their purchase. Their story was ably told in a lecture given by archivist Barbara McLean on 28th March. Topics covered included rent strikes and rent restrictions, shortages of everything from sugar to matches and the coming of Belgian refugees. The subject raised many questions and comments from the audience. 

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

The Anchor Line

Glasgow Museums has 61 colourful posters advertising the Anchor Line. On the last day of February, Emily Malcolm, Curator at Riverside Museum, used these to illustrate the story of the Anchor Line for over 100 years. Twelve of these posters will be on show in a new display at Riverside Museum which will open in the Spring time. This was a popular lecture which was followed by a lively discussion.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Honeyman Garden.

Friends will remember the successful appeal for funds for the Honeyman  Garden in Kelvingrove Park. Rosemary  Bremner has used money remaining after the initial refurbishment of the garden, which honours her grandparents, to buy extra plants, including anemones, grasses, ferns and hostas and some bulbs. With the help of her husband, John, and Wayne Travis from Land Services, she planted them out in November and it is hoped that in the Spring the garden will be more colourful. 

Garden before planting

Garden after planting

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Glasgow Cathedral, 8th February 2017

On a cold February day, twenty two Friends were pleased to be in Glasgow Cathedral to find out about the church and the stained glass under the guidance of Marion Maudsley and Anne Robertson. Even on a dull day, the outstanding collection of 20th century stained glass illustrated many interesting stories. The tour was oversubscribed and has been so well received that there are plans to repeat it in the Autumn.
Courtesy of Anne Robertson