Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) is proud to present a new exhibition of black and
white photographs of former industrial buildings in Glasgow by John R Hume. An avid photographer,Hume has spent the last six decades documenting historic buildings across
Scotland as part of an illustrious career that spans academia and the role of Chief Inspector
of Historic Buildings for the Scottish Royal Commission.
This is the first time that these images, many of which were originally included in Hume’s
seminal book Industrial Archaeology of Glasgow (Blackie,1974), have been exhibited together on a large scale. The powerful black and white images demonstrate the monumentality and ambition of Glasgow’s industrial buildings, as well as the diversity of architectural styles: they span neo-gothic, neoclassical, and Venetian to name a few. The viewer is encouraged to revel in the intricate architectural details of each building and to imagine the lives of the people who may have worked there.
‘End of the Line’ represents the enormity of the loss of Glasgow’s industrial heritage since
the 1960s and ‘70s: every building depicted has subsequently been demolished. The dramatic changes in Glasgow’s urban fabric since the 1960s were in large part a consequence of the decline of industry after the Second World War and postwar government
policies such as clearances for Comprehensive Development Areas and the creation of the
M8 urban motorway, which virtually flattened areas of the city including the Gorbals,
Hutchesontown, Anderston and Bridgeton. Free exhibition.
The exhibition will open on the 25th July until the 7th September 2019.