Maryhill is one of those areas that you just know about. You might not know why, when or how it first came to your attention–but nonetheless, at some point it has. Maybe it was a comedy show or a gritty TV drama. Maybe a film, or a story in the paper. But its here and we can tell you all about it.
Where will the project take place?
Maryhill is in the North West of Glasgow and is one of the most deprived areas in Scotland. Significant emotional and physical barriers to accessing heritage, arts and cultural activities exist here. We are going to change that. The Burgh Halls, once the civic centre of the town is the perfect place to show off the rich history of Maryhill.
What do we want to do?
We are about to undertake one of the largest projects in our history: creating a permanent museum at Maryhill Burgh Halls. Maryhill Museum will tell the story of this important part of Glasgow and let people from near and far appreciate the important history that has been hidden here all along. Maryhill is an area with a rich cultural and industrial history and a diverse, yet deprived present and near future. The history of this corner of Glasgow dates back centuries, follows the rise and fall of the canals, railways and industries. It’s seen influxes of immigrants, changes in architecture and living standards, and changes in how we police and govern ourselves. This heritage and culture is Maryhill’s, and we believe it should be celebrated, accessed and conserved here, in the historic Burgh Halls, for the people of the district for generations to come. Maryhill Museum will do just that!
Maryhill Museum will give access to our collections and the history of Maryhill.
Why is our heritage important?
Maryhill Burgh Halls is a category B listed building which opened at the peak of Maryhill’s industrial era. It is an ideal place to display a collection representing the social and cultural history of the historic Burgh. The rich and varied history of Maryhill isn’t just of importance locally but city wide and nationally. The area covers a surprising breadth for a small area: home to railway works, glassworks, linen bleachers, ironfounders, boat builders, sawmillers and soldiers - all of whom are displayed in our Victorian stained glass. Maryhill became known as the Venice of the North when the Forth and Clyde Canal arrived and also for being the centre of Glasgow’s glass industry. During refurbishment, we reinstalled some of Stephen Adams’ original stained glass windows, creating the beginnings of the collection.
The original key to Maryhill Burgh Halls, given to the Lord Provost.
The heritage engagement and development work carried out during refurbishment attracted public donations of local artefacts. Since then we have continued to save objects relating to the history or our own wee part of Glasgow. The collection of approximately 100 objects ranges from the early 19th century to contemporary times and includes paintings, medals, oral history, sound archives, poetry and photographs.
Glasgow Shipyards c.1966 courtesy of Morton Gillespie and the subject of a future exhibition.
Why do we need your help now?
For the first time in our history we are soon to be without a member of staff to manage the heritage side of the charity. This worker helps local people and visitors to the area engage with arts and culture through workshops, exhibitions, walks and talks. They keep our collection safe and help people celebrate our rich history.
Without your help we will be unable to continue our valuable community work and unable to continue to collect and save these pieces of history. The story or our industrial past is at risk of being lost but with your help, Maryhill Museum, will safeguard our history for years to come and we can continue to help create a stronger, safer and healthier community for the people who call Maryhill home.
Pieces from the Victorian stained glass collection that we hold in the main hall.