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
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.
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.
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