Glasgows Built Heritage, Tobacco, Slavery & Abolition


Doors Open Day Hub @ The Civic Room 215 High Street Former Linen Bank G1 1QB

Stephen Mullen presents this lecture which explores Glasgow’s mercantile past from 1660 and examines the connections with tobacco, sugar, slavery, the abolition movement. This social history is told through the city’s urban heritage.

This lecture by Stephen Mullen examines Glasgows connections with New World slavery and the abolition movement, a story told through the built heritage of the Merchant City. Indeed, the late seventeeth-century sugar houses provide evidence of an Atlantic economy before the Union of 1707 whilst the later Palladian mansions reveal how the tobacco lords and sugar princes lived. An exploration of the living conditions of such colonial merchants provides insights into conspicous consumption and how this was exhibited in architectural styles and the urban development of the Merchant City. This lecture also surveys Scottish connections with the Caribbean and North America including the slave trade and plantation slavery. At the same time, consideration is alos given to the committed aboliton movement in Scotland that challenged the nefarious system.

Discover Glasgows Industrial Heritage: Learn about the tobacco industry.

Number in the Brochure: 165

Event Times

Tue 6.30pm; 1 hour

Advanced Booking Essential.

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 26th August 2015. Details of how to book will be updated on this webpage shortly. Please be aware that Doors Open Day events are very popular and will book out quickly.


Limited Disabled Access
Please be aware there are two steps at the entrance of the building. Although we hope to have a temporary ramp installed we are having a few difficulties with this. Please call us on 0141 554 4411 before visiting to discuss your requirements.
Although it is desired to be fully accessible, unfortunately as this is a historic and listed building there are often restrictions in place that mean this is not always possible. We really appreciate your understanding of this.



Getting Here

Nearest Train or Subway Station(s): High Street

On Street Parking Available Charges Apply
Metred Car Park opposite


Glasgows Built Heritage, Tobacco, Slavery & Abolition

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