EVENT - Film Screening and Shipbuilding Museum Tour
Fairfield Heritage, 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow, G51 4XS
The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co. Ltd. was one of the most important of all the big British shipyards. While the shipyard continues as BAE Systems, the former Fairfield headquarters building is now a business centre and museum dedicated to the many achievements of this outstanding company. The tour explores the richly panelled rooms of this A-Listed building once occupied by managing directors and company secretaries which now tell the story of Fairfield through words and images, displays and objects. The Fairfield building has a story to tell too being designed in 1890 by architects Honeyman & Keppie and rescued from certain demolition in 2009. The Museum tour will culminate in the Boardroom where the 30-minute long 'Seawards the Great Ships' will be shown. Filmed in 1958/9 at various locations on the Clyde from Govan to Greenock, this film captures the energy, excitement and productiveness of industrial Clydeside just prior to its decline. Stunning sequences present movement and scale to create a benchmark for shipbuilding documentaries never exceeded. Directed by Hilary Harris with a sound track by Iain Hamilton, it was one of the last documentaries that legendary documentary film maker John Grierson worked on. 'Seawards the Great Ships' won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film in 1961. There can be no better place to view this outstanding film than in the Boardroom at Fairfield.
Mon-Fri & Sun 22nd, 2pm; 60 mins
Booking not required
Accessibility: Fully accessible
Facilities: Seating, Toilet, Wheelchair Accessible Toilet, Refreshments
Parking info: Some parking available to rear of building via gate on corner of Govan Road and Elder Street; also street parking available.
Nearest Train/Subway: Govan subway