While Edinburgh gets more attention, Glasgow is a lesser-known Scottish treat that is well worthy of exploring. This seminar offers an introductory glimpse into the wonders of Scotland’s largest city as we trace its history, visit some of its highlight sites, discuss its cultural significance, and pick up some travel tips for a future visit.
Starting with a historical overview, we will see how Glasgow developed and prospered across the centuries. The vicinity to the west coast allowed for trades of wool, herring, and tobacco with Europe and North America, while the Industrial Revolution made Glasgow a major centre for shipbuilding. Walking down Glasgow’s cobble lanes, we will admire the street art murals painted by local artists, and visit some of the live music venues that brought Glasgow to be named the UK’s first UNESCO City of Music. We will soak up the city’s atmosphere by wandering around its neighborhoods and the vintage and second-hand markets. We will take a rest in the Willow Tea Rooms, where the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh combined Japanese influences with Art Nouveau elements.
We will also visit some of Glasgow’s landmarks, including the medieval Cathedral, the University, the School of Art, and the city’s largest cemetery. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will give us the chance to appreciate the city’s art collection from the local Glasgow Boys to international artists such as Salvador Dali. For those wishing to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, we will share ideas for itineraries outside of Glasgow.
Led by art historian Irene Mariani, this interactive seminar will introduce participants to the city of Glasgow through photographs, videos, and maps. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, this Conversation will provide a 360-degree view of Glasgow as well as useful travel tips for in-person visits to the city and its surrounding area.
Irene specialised in Italian Renaissance Art and her doctoral thesis looked at the artistic patronage of the Vespucci family in fifteenth-century Florence. She was an intern at the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse and collaborated with the Education Department of the National Galleries of Scotland. Irene currently teaches History of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Edinburgh stole her heart and it is now her second home.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.