Today our blog focusses on the Clyde. For those interested in how this river helped create Glasgow there are loads of great events, buildings and tours to attend.
- Seldom open to the public, Clydeport’s superb head office contains a number of fine features. View the exquisite French walnut paneling and Stephen Adam stained glass. Archive records will be available to visitors, a perfect opportunity to discover more about Clydeport’s history.
- Fairfield, where some of the finest, most luxurious liner, steamships and naval vessels were designed and launched, will open its doors to the public. With few visual reminders of Clydeside’s once thriving industry, Fairfield pays testament to its greatness. A resource facility and exhibition will be open, documenting how Fairfield became a dominant shipbuilding Burgh and the lifeblood of the community. To reminisce or discover, come along.
- One of the most potent symbols of Glasgow’s extraordinary industrial success is the shipyard, with cranes inevitably forming an important part of the shipbuilding landscape. Dr Miles Oglethorpe and Dr Brian Newman will focus on some of the larger Scottish cranes, both on the Clyde and further afield. Come along if you have an interest in Glasgow’s engineering background, Thursday 18th, 6.30pm The Lighthouse
- Two talks on maritime matters will be held aboard the ‘Glenlee’ Tallship as part of Doors Open Day. First an illustrated talk by The Clyde Maritime Trust looking at Lord Kelvin’s contribution to maritime matters, to name but one; his work to perfect the adjustable compass. Advance booking essential, Wednesday 17th, 2pm. The second illustrated talk will give a fascinating insight into Glasgow’s leading shipping families, the Henderson family.
- For those interested in Glasgow’s water ways and how they have helped defined the cities history join a guided boat tour highlighting the unique environment, history and heritage of Lambill, the Forth and Clyde Canal and surrounding areas. Running both Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am, 11:30am, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm.
One of only five Clyde built sailing ships still afloat in the world today, the ‘Glenlee’ has thankfully been preserved by the Clyde Maritime Trust. Explore the historic sailing vessel, view the interactive shipbuilding exhibition and meet some of those who made the Clyde famous throughout the world. Tours available at 11am, 12noon, 2pm & 3pm