Whose Footsteps? Mapping Glasgow's Imperial Past in Kelvingrove
What happens when we slow down and take our time looking at the buildings and public spaces that surround us? Come recover traces of Glasgow’s imperial past ‘hidden’ amongst the trees and galleries of Kelvingrove.
Various plaques, statues and monuments are dotted throughout Kelvingrove Park, but over the years the site has witnessed numerous events, happenings and interactions the signs of which are all but invisible. Spanning Kelvingrove, this guided walk takes in both the park and the flagship museum located within it.
Beginning at the northern entrance to Kelvingrove Park, we’ll wind our way along its footpaths and trails and then enter the museum to look in detail at specific objects and exhibits. Moving through time and space, we’ll stop at locations that reflect key events in the park’s history and consider how displays inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum narrate historical moments and episodes. We’ll visualise for example what Glasgow looked like as a city when the West End Park, as it was originally named, first opened in 1852, and think about what it might have felt like to live in a booming imperial metropolis by observing artefacts from the period.
This guided walk is shaped around the idea that much of Glasgow’s urban fabric and public institutions reflect the city’s deep involvement in colonial and imperial networks that were economic, social and cultural in nature. This past can feel far away and obscure when we’re focused on getting from one place to another. By slow walking and close looking we can engage with the civic spaces and institutions that surround us, examining the stories that are preserved and presented to us, as well as identifying and recognising those that aren’t.
Sat 21st, 2pm; 120 mins
Meeting point: Entrance to Kelvingrove Park on Eldon/Gibson Street
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am
Accessibility: Full accessible - the route through Kelvingrove Park follows clear pathways, but the route goes uphill slightly at one point. The tour enters Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum through the park-facing entrance which has level access. Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is equipped with lifts.
Facilities (in park): Bench seating at some of the stops on the tour.
Facilities (in museum): Toilet, wheelchair accessible toilet, refreshments.
Please note: Good walking shoes would be beneficial.
Parking: Limited on street parking; there is a Glasgow City Council parking lot attached to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
Trains: Kelvinbridge Subway/Exhibition centre train station