Every year Glasgow City Chambers hosts a civic reception to thank everyone who played a role in making the Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival happen. Participants and volunteers who made exceptional contributions to the programme are celebrated through the Doors Open Days Festival Awards.
Our 2015 civic reception and Awards took place on the 12th of November.
Outstanding New Festival Participant – Dalmarnock Leather Works
In keeping with the Industrial Heritage Theme for 2015, Dalmarnock Leather Works opened their doors to great success. Feedback revealed that visitors had an outstanding experience; a warm welcome by staff, fascinating insight into the industry and a unique opportunity to explore this thriving Scottish business.
Visitor Engagement – Anchor Line
Visitors loved how this former Edwardian booking office has been turned into a stunning restaurant complete with nautical details. Doors were opened and visitors welcomed by friendly, knowledgeable staff who offered the chance to learn about the interior as well as see memorabilia, old photographs and hear stories from former employees.
Above and Beyond – Joan Pethrick ( Volunteer at Pollock House)
“Joan Pethrick. Joan is an exemplary volunteer because her commitment to Pollok House, in many activities, is always done with a massive smile and a certain je ne sais quais. In her role as Lady of the House at DOD, she dressed in costume and remained in character all day. She had dozens of photographs taken with visitors, who were very grateful for this little memento and her banter. Despite her many, other commitments, Joan will always make herself available at short notice. She is always encouraging and helpful to visitors and staff and makes the history of Pollok House come alive. We feel Joan deserves a special mention and recognition for her volunteer work here.” Pollock House
Children’s Educational Experience- JOINT Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre and Glasgow Sheriff Court
Glasgow Sheriff Court welcomed dozens of children through their doors allowing young people to learn about Glasgow’s judicial system and find out what goes on behind the scenes of the imposing B-listed Scottish Courts building.
Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre welcomed approximately 900 people through their doors over a 2 day period and children got to learn about the art of puppet making, watch a show, all within the regenerated former Glasgow City Council Cleansing Department building.
Glued to Seat Award – Helen Kendrick and Neale Smith (Glasgow Interiors talk at the Hub)
The audience at Helen and Neale’s talk at the Civic Room were not only enthralled by the beautiful images and stories that their book offered, but also by the fascinating insight into how their book was put together, the people that they met and how the photographs of Glasgow’s stunning interiors were composed.