Govanhill Baths Community Trust, in association with Singer and River City star Tom Urie, are staging a concert to raise funds and awareness of the refugee crisis this Sunday (27th) in the main pool.

The pool will be turned into a concert venue for the evening and friends and supporters will gather to support the cause.

There will be music from Tom Urie himself, RM Hubbert, Glasgow Philharmonia Orchestra, Voice of the Town Choir. Terry Neason, Jerry Boweh, Michael Cassidy and Camille Nehme.

The event will feature readings by actors Atta Yaqub, Cilla Fisher (Singing Kettle), Adam Robertson and Garry Sweeney.  And the laughs will be provided by comedians Janey Godley, Anil Desai and Bruce Morton.

Tickets for the concert are £20 (£10 concession) from

On Saturday and Sunday this week, we will be opening our doors to the public as part Doors Open Day, Glasgow’s Built Heritage Festival.  Come along for a tour of the building and hear about the history and the future of Govanhill Baths.

The tours are every half hour from 11am through till 4pm.  Ours archivist Paula Larkin will be showing items from the archive in the big pool and will be joined with representatives form the former Zenith Swimming Club with their memories and memorabilia.

Rags to Riches will be showcssing their work over the last year in the studio.  Our Lids Open pinao is avaiable in the foyer to play, or just pop in for a chat and a cuppa in our Community Kitchen.

For more details on this and other buildings taking part in the festival see


We are pleased to announce that Govanhill Baths Community Trust was awarded the Scottish Government’s Greener Together Award 2015 for its Rags to Riches project.The award was presented to us by Nicola Sturgeon.
The Awards, which celebrate and reward communities for environmental action, are now in their third year. They are part of our wider ‘Greener Together’ campaign, which encourages everyone across the country to play their part in making Scotland a greener and more sustainable nation.

Since our last blog I’ve been to London to the Community Archives and Heritage Group annual conference which was excellent!!! Got introduced to alot of really interesting archive projects including:
– Milford Street Bridge Project, winner of the Community Archive and Heritage Group of the Year.
– Khizra Foundation, winner of the best new group.
– Ryde Social Heritage Group, voted best Website – my personal favourite!
– Newlyn Archive, winner of the Inspiration category.
Then a few days later I finally got the chance to visit the Victoria Baths in Manchester. Great bunch of people who like Govanhill Baths are working towards reopening as a public swimming baths and in the meantime are using the building for all sorts of interesting projects. They have a wonderful archive which was set up at the time of closure and has been developing ever since through the work of the Victoria Baths History Group.
Back at Govanhill Baths Archive we’ve had a wonderful day with a visit from Helen Hughes, Textile Conservator with Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums who came to advise us on looking after our banners. We’re also busy getting geared up for Doors Open Day 2015.
Come and visit us in the main pool where we will be displaying all sorts of materials from Before Closure, Save Our Pool and Govanhill Baths Community Trust. You can listen to oral histories, watch video testimonies about the baths, read and write in our memory book and have a look at the multitude of newspaper clippings from the Save Our Pool Campaign and much more……
So whether your new to the Govanhill Baths story or a former user of the baths, where involved in campaign or more recently please come along and take part. David Baumann, former team manager of the Zenith Swimming Club which was based in the baths from 1955 until 1974 will be displaying trophies, photographs, records of swimming championships and annual galas from the materials which he recently loaned to the archive. David will be on havd to chat about the history of the Zenith Swimming Club.
Oh and if your interested in volunteering for Doors Open Doors get in touch.!khizra-foundation/cfyh

September is a busy month again, with plenty going on over and above the busy rooms that are used daily by the whole community.

On Friday 4th Imagination – The Festival of Ideas kicks off in the Steamie.  The event is held across the Southside over the weekend with the baths hosting some amazing lectures and talks.  For further details

The monthly meet of Sew Lah Tea Dough is this Saturday (5th) from 10.30am, and a week later we will be having a meeting of Lets talk about Art a group of local people discussing how the arts fits in to the redevelopment of the pool into a Well-Being Centre.  Boths events are free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Govanhill Theatre Group have three theatre events this month.  Derek Banner’s comedy Sweeps is on 10,11,12 September, There is a rehearsed reading of The Scarlet Pimpernel on Sunday 13th and a touring play Kissing Sid James on 26 September.  All are in The Steamie and tickets are available from

On Sunday 13th afternoon, we have the 4th annual Govanhill Poetry Splash with youtube sensation Hollie McNish among others

Full details of these events and others are on the What’s On section of this website.

One of our biggest events each year is Doors Open Day.  On Sat 19th and Sun 20th the whole building will be open for tours.  Come along and learn about the history and the future of Govanhill Baths.