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Wee Doors Open Day … celebrating Glasgow’s architecture

By on July 13, 2014

The Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls are among the architectural highlights of the Mini Doors Open Day on Wednesday, July 23 – part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

From Glasgow’s Oldest Music Hall to Glasgow’s Shipbuilding industry, it’s a chance to discover what makes the city so distinctive and discover more about its connections to the Commonwealth. The event is completely free and is another great chance to see Glasgow through the keyhole.

The programme includes:
• Eighteen landmark buildings in Glasgow.
• Two FREE talks – The Story of Glasgow in Four Chapters and Glasgow’s Street Names and the Commonwealth.
• A FREE Audio Tour – Glasgow Landmarks – focusing on eight landmark buildings in Glasgow.
• Scottish Canals and the Scottish Waterways Trust Forth & Clyde Canal Heritage Trail providing a link between city centre, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls.
• Two FREE vintage buses from Glasgow City Centre to Glasgow Gurdwara, Mackintosh Church and Maryhill Burgh Halls.
• And a FREE Ferry over the River Clyde linking Tallship with Govan Old Church and Fairfield Shipyard Offices.
• Commonwealth Building pairing exhibition – exploring the similarities and links between Glasgow’s buildings and those within the commonwealth.

Glasgow Doors Open Day is a free festival that usually takes place in September every year and the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust event  will still go ahead in 2014 from September 15-21. But this Mini Doors Open Day has been organised to give visitors to Glasgow – and local citizens too –a taste of the city’s unique architecture. A free Glasgow Landmarks Audio Tour, created by Walking Heads, has also been launched to help continue the journey of architectural discovery around the city.

Ruth Morris, Events & Development Coordinator at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said: “Being able to offer visitors the opportunity to experience a mini version of our September event will be a great asset to the Games and will complement the diverse cultural programme.

“We are delighted that we have been able to secure the funding from the National Lottery Funded Celebrate programme and the additional support from Glasgow City Heritage Trust and Historic Glasgow – Glasgow City Council, to enable to event to take place. We are also delighted that we are an official Festival 2014 event. This is a great honor for all of our participants and volunteers.

“We are so pleased that we are able to highlight what great architecture we have in Glasgow and will provide an opportunity to see inside some of these places. Our city has so much to offer and we are looking forward to celebrating our heritage and connections to the commonwealth!”

The full Wee Doors Open Day programme is available here and the audio tour can be downloaded from here

Glasgow’s Wee Doors Open Day on Wednesday July 23,  10am – 4pm, free and no booking required.

Main picture – Maryhill Burgh Halls by Gordon Barr and, below, the ferry service by Govan Workspace and the Mackintosh Church by C McAteer.

ferry Service - Credit Govan Workspace - Ferry Service in 2013

Mackintosh Church - Credit C. McAteer

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