Exhibition | How Glasgow Flourished, 1714–1837

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on June 15, 2014


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From the Kelvingrove Art Gallery:

How Glasgow Flourished, 1714–1837
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow, 18 April — 17 August 2014

How Glasgow Flourished takes a fresh look at a hugely significant but often overlooked period in Glasgow’s history. Discover how over 300 years ago, Glasgow’s businessmen made their fortunes from trading in colonial goods and through slave labour, and how they manufactured and exported products made in Glasgow, across the world. This was also when ordinary Glaswegians came together in workers’ associations and co-ops to campaign for better working and living conditions for them and their families and paved the way for the Trade Union movement.

The exhibition shows how weaving changed from a cottage industry to a full-blown manufacturing industry and green fields were covered over by some of the largest and most advanced dyeing and smelting factories in the world. You can see a reconstructed weaver’s loom, factory engines and dresses and outfits, which have never been displayed before. Other exclusive displays include new portraits of members of one of Glasgow’s wealthiest families, the Glassfords and a newly conserved music organ made by James Watt, as well as the great man’s steam engine with its condenser unit. There are also many other pieces from Glasgow Museums’ collection that have never been on display before, including art and objects relating to the lives of Glaswegians.

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  1. The Exhibitionologist said, on June 15, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    More Georgians! Only this time, Glaswegian Georgians! Sounds great

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