West End Lectures were launched by the architectural historian Gordon Urquhart in Autumn 1992, initially under the auspices of the the Glasgow University Department of Adult  Continuing Education and the Glasgow West End Conservation Trust. The series found a ready appetite amongst the public. In 2000 FGW commenced its involvement and the lectures are now a joint venture with Glasgow University Centre for Open Studies.

A variety of excellent people have donned the “hosting mantle” down the years – Councillor Pat Chalmers; Kenneth Burns; David Martin; and Ann Laird.

In 2009, Colin Cox took over and the lectures moved to the Spring Term. Since 2013 broadcast journalist Colin Mackay has hosted the sessions.


Looking back, FGW particularly pays tribute to Gordon Urquhart’s role in setting up the lectures in the first place, and continuing to contribute  a paper each year ever since. Since his arrival inGlasgow from his native New York, Gordon has made a huge contribution, through Glasgow West Conservation Trust, through Glasgow City Heritage Trust, and, now, in his current role with Historic Environement Scotland, establishing a new postgraduate course in Technical Building Conservation at the The Engine Shed in Stirling. His books “Along Great Western Road” and “A Notable Ornament: Lansdowne Church” are testimony to his knowledge and enthusiasm.

Below are flyers showing the programmes from  2014.

WEL 2018 Poster

WEL 2017 Leaflet

WEL 2016 Leaflet

WEL 2015 Leaflet

WEL 2014 Leaflet