Sir Walter Scots Statue George Square G2 1DU
Our aim is to open childrens eyes to how George Square statues start to tell heroes stories. Children draw, photograph and ask a statue a question.
Finally, the statues come alive, as children hear stories about their pictures and questions. Sat for 6-8 year olds, Sun for 9 11 year olds. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Book place for child only.
To introduce the younger children of Glasgow to their history and culture what better place than George Square. At the heart of the city its east and west meet in the open green space of George Square surrounded by twelve statues. These fine statues were put up in the nineteenth century to celebrate those its people admired. In fact, the George Square statues are a template of nineteenth century history.
Our aim is to open childrens eyes to how George Square statues start to tell stories about people who were and still are celebrated in Glasgow. Thus children will be offered time to become engaged in their own way by a statue of their choice. Through walking round to draw and photograph a statue from different sides children may come up with questions and afterwards enjoy hearing a story about their pictures and discoveries.
Childrens discoveries may start with the fairy tale statue of the young Queen Victoria riding next to her prince. Sir Walter Scott who saved the Border Ballads stands atop his column looking over two other very famous Scottish poets, Robert Burns and Thomas Campbell. Nearby stand two soldiers, Glasgow boys who made good: Sir John Moore celebrated in the poem school children used to know about his death at Corunna and Lord Clyde who saved the women and children at Lucknow. Two scientists, James Watt and Thomas Graham, and three politicians, William Gladstone, Robert Peel and James Oswald, complete the twelve statues as in a pantheon.
Part of the Childrens Programme: Drawing, photographing and learning about George Square.
Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: Children may find out about the scientists James Watt and Thomas Graham from drawing and photographing their statues and hearing stories about their discoveries concerning their research.
Discover Green Glasgow: Children may find put about green issues in the course of hearing about their drawings and photographs of the statues of James Watt, scientist, and Thomas Campbell, poet.
Discover Scotlands Year of Food and Drink: If allowed we will offer children small pieces of Victoria Sponge which Queen Victoria gave her name to and ate every day.
Number in Brochure: 160
Sat & Sun 2pm; 1 hour
Advanced Booking Essential
Additional Booking Information:
Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015.
Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.
Spaces are limited per person.
Please only book for events that you intend to go to and cancel your space as soon as possible if you are unable to attend.
If the event is fully booked please feel free to add yourself to the wait list, if a space becomes available you will be contacted and will have one day to respond. Please be aware that you must add yourself to the waitlist for every space and for the times that you want ie. if looking for three spaces at any time, add your name 3 times to each event time.
Restrictions on Access: For children. Saturday Tour for 6-8 year olds, Sunday tour for 9 11 year olds. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Book place for child only.
Full Disabled Access
For children. Saturday Tour for 6-8 year olds, Sunday tour for 9 11 year olds. Every child must be accompanied by an adult. Book place for child only.
Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): Queen Street
Parking: On Street Parking Available Charges Apply
Glasgow and West of Scotland Branch of the Historical Association