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Home Front Walk Glasgow Buildings in Wartime 1939-1945

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Door open days

13 September 2018 (Thu 13th, Fri 14th, Sat 15th & Sun 16th, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm & Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm; 90 minutes)

16 September 2018

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Explore Glasgow city centre transformed by the culture of war: shelters, sandbags, sirens, the blackout, emergency water tanks, mobile canteens, allied soldiers, wartime entertainment and visiting dignitaries.

Starting at the Mitchell Library and ending at Glasgow Green explore Glasgow city centre transformed by the culture of war; air raid shelters, sandbags, sirens, blacked out streets, supplementary water tanks, mobile canteens, allied soldiers, wartime entertainment and visiting dignitaries. PhD student Kevin Morrison will guide you through the wartime streets, squares and parks of Glasgow City centre. Kevin will share with you what exciting information he has uncovered about Glasgow’s buildings, open spaces, networks and the people who experienced Glasgow’s darkest hour. Far from dark, behind the blackout curtains and blinds Glaswegians organised air raid precautions from nerve centres, danced the jitterbug under bright lights, organised billets for tired service men and women and allied troops and reported blackout infringements. Based on material from Glasgow’s archival centres this guided tour will provide accounts of the wartime civilians who lived and engaged with the cityscape in wartime. A special after dark tour will explore Glasgow’s blackout and air raid precautions including the location of air raid shelters constructed in the city centre. Come along and experience Glasgow’s war from the vantage point of the cityscape.

Thu 13th, Fri 14th, Sat 15th & Sun 16th, 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm & Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm; 90 minutes

Meeting point: Mitchell Library North Street Entrance

Booking:

Thursday 13th September 10.30am

Thursday 13th September 1pm

Thursday 13th September 3pm

Thursday 13th September, Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm

Friday 14th September 10.30am

Friday 14th September 1pm

Friday 14th September 3pm

Friday 14th September, Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm

Saturday 15th September 10.30am

Saturday 15th September 1pm

Saturday 15th September 3pm

Saturday 15th September, Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm

Sunday 16th September 10.30am

Sunday 16th September 1pm

Sunday 16th September 3pm

Sunday 16th September, Special blackout/shelter tour 7pm

Facilities

NCP Carpark on India Street next to Charing Cross Station

 

Accessibility: Starting from the Mitchell Library passing through Glasgow City Centre and ending at Glasgow Green the tour fully accessible pavement walk.

Key Information

Where to find us

Address
  • Meeting point: Mitchell Library North Street Entrance
  • G3 7DN