FGW provides a series of talks as part of the annual West End Festival, in partnership with Glasgow Libraries:  events offered in June 2013 are summarised below. A similar programme is envisaged for 2014.

Byres Road, a Great Street Monday 3 June, 6.30pm

We all know what it’s like to be in a great street – but how are these places created – or do they just happen? After a look at the unique characteristics of Byres Road, we explore the aspects that can contribute to a special sense of place for local people and visitors alike, from an inspiring “Urbanism” viewpoint, which includes other UK and European streets for comparison. With Kevin Murray of Kevin Murray Associates.


Transports of Delight Tuesday 4 June, 6.30pm

Colin MacKay, BBC Radio Scotland Broadcaster and Journalist, born in Glasgow, and a longstanding West End resident, is now a familiar and popular presenter of Friends of Glasgow West Hillhead Library Talks. This year he explores further the history of personal transport and how it affects our lives – right from the start – with walking, and on to mechanised transport!


Spotlight on Cinemas Thurs 6 June, 6.30pm

Gordon Barr, editor of ScottishCinemas.org highlights the architectural history of cinema, including converted roller-skating rinks, the earliest purpose-built halls, and the peculiarly Scottish “back court” theatres, with a focus on the West End of Glasgow, which has long been famous for the exceptional popularity of cinema-going amonst its citizens.


Artists’ Views of the Victorian West End Mon 10 June, 6.30pm

Historian Gordon Urquhart will explore the historical development of the West End as it was recorded by some of the most prominent Scottish etchers, painters and water-colourists of the 19th century.  Rare scenes of ancient Partick, mills along the Kelvin and old country houses will be displayed, along with intriguing views of the encroaching Victorian suburbs.


Edwardian Hyndland Tuesday 11 June, 6.30pm

David Mullane, Hyndland Residents’ Association Chairman, gives an illustrated talk on the elegant Edwardian architecture of this highly planned area of red sandstone tenements, its former railway station site, churches, shops, secondary school and bowling club, and the havoc left by the Clydebank Blitz, 1941.


Interior Design of Daniel Cottier

Thursday 13 June, 6.30pm

Daniel Cottier was one of 19th century Scotland’s leading lights, a designer of enormous talent and influence internationally, but ironically much overlooked in his native country. However, the first phase of restoration has been completed on his magnificent ceiling and wall decoration in William Leiper’s Dowanhill Church, now known as “Cottier’s” and will soon be on public view once more. With David Robertson of Four Acres Charitable Trust.


Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Glasgow’s West End

Mon 17 June, 6.30pm

Deirdre Bernard, longstanding member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society, looks at “CRM’s” local legacy, including Queens Cross Church, Ruchill Church Hall, the Women’s Medical College on the former BBC site, famous interiors in the Hunterian and Kelvingrove Museums, and others within west end properties. Also hear about the worldwide CRM Society itself, based locally in Queens Cross Church.


Tenement Management Old & New

Tues 18 June, 6.30pm

Many of us live in a traditional tenement, subdivided terrace house or modern flatted block. Whoever owns the property has to work with other owners to maintain the roof and other “common” parts, and in many more modern developments, is also responsible for grounds maintenance. Ann Flint, co-author of the “Tenement Handbook”, and Iain Friel, President of the Property Managers’ Association of Scotland, present a range of essential tenement issues.


From Sheepmount to the Camera Obscura

Thurs 20 June, 6.30pm

Sheepmount is the hill that forms the core of North Kelvin and has been the site of several interesting epsiodes in the early history of the area. This talk by Bill Black, local history researcher and well-known presenter of Hillhead Library Talks, is an anecdotal meander through the life and times of 19th century Maryhill and its people. Hear of the highs and lows, humour and sadness, in districts like North Kelvin, Ruchill and Eastpark as well as the original village.