Kinning Park Complex, 43 Cornwall Street, G41 1BA
Come discover the history of activism in Kinning Park! We will start with a tour of the building, followed by a short talk on women's activism in greater Govan and future plans for KPC, all followed by a community meal.
Did you know that the very first women’s Co-operative in Scotland began in Kinning Park in 1890? The women involved were later active in the women’s Suffrage movement in Glasgow. More than one hundred years later, the local community defied the council’s determination to close the Kinning Park Community Centre, occupying the building day and night for 55 days – until the council gave them the keys. KPC has been a thriving centre ever since! Join us as we celebrate this exceptional past, and share information on KPC’s exciting plans for the future starting with the proposed landmark community buyout.
You will hear the stories of the women who started Scotland’s first Women’s Co-operative in 1890, to the 1996 Community Centre Sit-In, and beyond… The evening’s activities will be centered around the vibrant, volunteer-led KPC Community Meal, which is open to all and funded by a pay-what-you-can donation.
Thursday 13th September
5-6pm: Tour the Kinning Park Complex and hear about the 1996 community occupation and 55 day Sit-In, and plans for the upcoming landmark community buyout.
6-7.30pm: Join us for our volunteer-led community meal which brings people together to eat, chat and smile. Always open to all, and always by donation!
7.30-8.30pm: Talk in KPC’s main hall outlining local activism, from Scotland’s first women’s Co-operative in 1890 to the 1996 Community Centre Sit-In, and beyond…
Meeting Point: Meet at Kinning Park Complex, gather in the garden (follow signs around the building)
Access: The building is not equipped with a lift, and for this reason portions of the building tour will only be accessible by stairs. The talk and community meal (which follow the short tour of the building) are all on the ground floor and fully accessible. The building is accessible by ramped entry.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443