What About the Women? - Women of Maryhill Guided Walk
Reception, Maryhill Burgh Halls, 24 Gairbraid Avenue, G20 8YE
On this guided walk along the canal, hear stories of Maryhill’s women: an heiress who gave the area her name; mill workers immortalised in stained glass, a Suffragette and the post-box, and the “wayward girls” who escaped.
When Maryhill Burgh Halls opened in 1878, stained glass artist Stephen Adam was commissioned to produce twenty windows representing local trades. Eighteen showed men and only two showed women: The Calico Printers and The Linen Bleachers. Fair enough, Adam was representing what he saw at the time, but what about the women of Maryhill? What are their stories? Come on our guided walk along the canal banks and we’ll tell you some historic tales.
Who will you hear about? Women whose statuses ranged from factory worker to heiress. Women who were artists or teachers. Women who looked after the soldiers stationed at Maryhill Barracks. Women who were passionate activists and campaigners: for temperance, for the vote, and for better conditions for young and old.
It has been said that well-behaved women seldom make history, so we’ll tell you about some “bad” behaviour too. The Suffragettes fought for a good cause, but not all of their methods were legal: learn about one who made a habit of attacking pillar boxes - and how she got away with it. Hear also about the “wayward girls” and “fallen women” who were locked away in Maryhill right up until the 1950s, and how some of them escaped.
We’ll show you the sites where all of these women made history but, of course, many of the actual buildings have long disappeared. So bring your imagination – and a pair of stout shoes!
Sat 21st, 12pm; 90 mins
Meeting point: Maryhill Burgh Halls Reception, by the canal boatman stained glass panel
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am
Accessibility: Limited accessibility - We will be walking along the canal paths and although they are level, you do need to get on and off them. There are ramps as well as steps. Some surfaces may be slightly uneven.
Facilities: Toilets will be available at the start and end of the tour.
Please note: Walking along mixed terrain, please wear comfortable shoes and waterproof clothing.
Parking: Free on street parking in all surrounding streets.