Home Front Walk: Glasgow Buildings in Wartime 1939-1945
Mitchell Library North Street Entrance, G3 7DN
To commemorate the start of war 80 years ago Home Front Walk is back for a second year with many new buildings and stories that will take you on a journey through Glasgow’s streets in wartime 1939-1945.
Starting at the Mitchell Library and ending at George Square explore Glasgow transformed by the culture of war. Find out about Garrison Theaters, the blackout, shelters, ARP and salvage shops, afternoon tea dances, a Hollywood film star, Allied service clubs, bombsites, recruitment centers, evacuees and V.E. Day. Based on PhD research Kevin guides you through the city center explaining how Glasgow theaters, dance halls and cinemas raised morale and boosted vital war funds. What were Jock’s Boxes? Where was the location of the American Red Cross Club and why did the Americans want Glaswegians to donate bananas? What was the purpose of static water tanks? Where was the headquarters of the Entertainments National Service Association (E.N.S.A) in Glasgow? Based on material from Glasgow’s archival centers this guided tour will provide you with answers to these questions and more. Special after dark atmospheric tours will explore organised entertainment, the blackout, the location of raid shelters, ARP nerve centers and other wartime nocturnal facts. Walk and talk! In-between buildings last year War Walkers shared their stories about WW2 Glasgow. Bring along your wartime stories and facts and share them in a relaxed atmosphere during the walk. Come along and experience Glasgow’s war from the vantage point of the cityscape!
Mon 16th-Sun 22nd 10.30am, 2pm, 7.30pm; 90 mins
Meeting point: The Mitchell Library (Granville
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am
Accessibility: Fully wheelchair accessible. Starting from the Mitchell Library passing through Glasgow City Centre and ending at George Square. Staying on main pavements.
Parking: NCP car park on India Street next to Charing Cross Station.