Annual General Meeting

Thursday 26th May
Glasgow City Chambers
George Square
(enter by Cochrane St.)

Tenement Tiles

14th October 2021
209 Bath Street, G2 4HZ

Zan Phee

The History of Govanhill and Crosshill

11th November 2021
Queens Park Govanhill Church,
170 Queens Drive, G42 8QZ

Bruce Downie

Ghost Signs of Glasgow

9th December 2021
209 Bath Street, G2 4HZ

Jan Graham & Merryn Kerrigan

The History of Anderston

13th January 2022
Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

Peter Mortimer

Glasgow's Blythswood

10th February 2022
Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

Graeme Smith

Mediaeval Glasgow

10th March 2022
Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

Catherine McMaster

The Heritage of  the  Glasgow Printing Industry

14th April 2022
Renfield Centre
260 Bath Street, G2 4JP

Dr Helen Williams

Annual General Meeting

26th May 2022

Glasgow City Chambers
enter by 64 Cochrane Street
Glasgow G1 HP 

Ahead of her Exhibition at the Tenement House, Zan Phee will present a selection of images of Glasgow's tiled closes. The way tiles were used in closes was indicative of the community living there. Zan believes it's important to archive this aspect of the city.

Also at this meeting Gemma Wild will introduce Gallus Glasgow's 3D project on Sulman's Map of the city.  Gallus Glasgow is developing an interactive version of the map and is looking for contributions and stories. (events)

Bruce Downie is Chair of South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust; he is the author of ‘Loved and Lost: Govanhill’s Built Heritage’, runs a blog called ‘The Govanhill and Crosshill Historical Society’ and most recently a new book about the history of Govanhill Baths and Wash House, '99 Calder Street'. (events) 

Ghost Signs of Glasgow is a new project by Glasgow City Heritage Trust which will be unearthing the stories behind old signs and shopfronts of the city. Ghost signs, the fading remains of old painted signs on buildings, provide an invaluable insight into Glasgow’s architectural, social and cultural history. Many ghost signs hide in plain sight hidden by the urban landscape around them, leaving a tangible part of Glasgow’s heritage vulnerable to being lost forever. (events) 

Former OGC President, Peter Mortimer paints the picture of Anderston. By the late 18th century it was a thriving community of weavers with related industries such as bleaching, dyeing and printing. Other industries were also thriving by this period, such as the Delftfield Pottery , the Anderston Brewery and the Verreville Glassworks. During the 19th century new industries developed, such as shipbuilding, iron-founding, tool manufacturing and engineering. The close proximity to the docks on the River Clyde meant that Anderston also became an ideal place for the establishment of whisky bonds, grain stores and timber yards. (events) 

Former OGC Director, Graeme Smith writes about Glasgow's history; his latest book is on the creating of Blythswood. Its prime developer was William Harley – the Great Improver. With his wife Jane Laird he laid out in splendid style central Blythswood and Garnethill, and crowned it with Blythswood Square. He set out pleasure gardens, built the first indoor public baths in Scotland and pioneered the first hygienic dairy in Europe. Graeme is offering club members a £10 reduction on the price of his book (£20 instead of £30)  if purchased at the meeting. (events) 

Catherine McMaster has given much of her life to the City. She was a Baillie of Glasgow City Council, a high status office which can trace it's origins deep into the roots the city's past. She is now Chair of the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust which seeks to preserve knowledge and, where possible, the artefacts of this period. The St Mungo Festival was created by Catherine McMaster and the Mediaeval Glasgow Trust. (events) 

Glasgow's printing trade which dates back to the seventeenth century was concentrated around the merkat cross. The Foulis Press, established in 1742, was printer to the University of Glasgow using type founded by Alexander Wilson and paper milled by Edward Collins at Dalmuir. In the 19th Century Blackie & Sons together with Wm Collins & Sons and many newspapers and periodicals made Glasgow a world reknowned centre of printing.  Dr. Helen Williams is Honorary Secretary of the Scottish Printing Archival Trust. (events) 

To celebrate the Honorary Presidency being held by the Lord Provost of Glasgow we hold the Annual General Meetings in the City Chambers. This year in addition to the normal business of an AGM, we hope to have an update on the progress of Gallus Glasgow's Sulman Map project. (events) 

Annual membership of the Club is £30 and visitors are made welcome at a cost of £5 per meeting. Club membership entitles the holder to the use of the Old Glasgow Club Library which is located at the Trades House, Glassford Street.

For this session we are not able to meet in the same venue for every meeting. Please check the meeting location in the events section.

Meetings start at 7:30pm. Tea and coffee are available from 7:00pm. 

I'd like to join the Old Glasgow Club

At the moment we don't take subscriptions through the web site, just let us know that you'd like to join and the first meeting you're coming to and we'll have your welcome pack ready. Annual membership of the club is £30 (or you can "taste and try" for £5per meeting)
e-mail the Honorary Secretary


Gavin McNae
26 Queens Drive, glasgow G42 8DD
contact by e-mail
0141 423 1897

Hon. Secretary

Joyce McNae
26 Queen's Drive, Glasgow. G42 8DD
contact by e-mail
0141 423 1897

Membership Secretary

Colin McCormick
2/2 99 Millbrae Road, Glasgow, G42 9UP
contact by e-mail
0141 389 8534


Margaret Thom
80 Cartvale Road, Glasgow. G42 9SW
0141 636 1538