The long-awaited refurbishment of Govanhill Baths has officially begun, almost twenty years to the day that the building was first occupied by the community in an attempt to prevent it from closing in 2001. See below a statement from Govanhill Baths Community Trust’s Chair, Alex Wilde:

We are delighted that ownership of the Govanhill Baths was passed into community hands last week, almost 20 years to the day since protesters first occupied the building on March 21st 2001 in an attempt to prevent it from closing.

Twenty years of determination and hard work later, and Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust, which is managing the refurbishment, finally has the money in place to begin. Clark Contracts have been appointed and excitingly work has already started.

Jean Adair, Govanhill Local resident, who was at the centre of the occupation in 2001 and has been part of the campaign since then, posed with the keys, alongside the contractors. Jean said: “Govanhill came together to save its pool, and Govanhill won – we got our Baths back!”

Govanhill Baths Community Trust would like to thank all of the funders and backers who have generously supported the project, including: the Scottish Government, National Heritage Lottery Fund, National Lottery Communities Fund, Glasgow City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, Sportscotland, The Robertson Trust, William Grant Foundation, Hugh Fraser Foundation, The Pilgrim Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation and the Architectural Heritage Trust.

More information on the refurbishment can be found here.

Govanhill Baths Community Trust are so sad to share the news of the passing of a dear friend and supporter, Gill Wright. Gill was the Development Manager at Victoria Baths in Manchester and founder of Historic Pools of Britain (HPB). She was an early supporter and advocate of the Save Our Pool campaign and Govanhill Baths Community Trust, with so much experience, enthusiasm and advice to share with us.

She considered historic baths and wash houses to be part of our social, cultural and built heritage and just as important as stately homes and castles – if not more. Gill visited Govanhill Baths on a number of occasions, and we had many wonderful visits to Victoria Baths.

She spoke at our Public Health & the Built Environment conference in 2017. Click to you view Gill’s speech on our YouTube Channel.

Our thoughts are with her friends and family. Rest In Peace Gill, you will be missed.

Click to read The Guardian’s obituary for Gill.

Click to read Historic Pools’ obituary for Gill.

The 31st of March is International Transgender Day of Visibility. It is a day to celebrate the lives and achievements of transgender people in our community and across the world.
Govanhill Baths Community Trust unconditionally stands in solidarity with trans people. We support the right of trans people for equality and empower trans people to live their lives freely and confidently.

We strive to make our programmes and services inclusive of all members of our community and actively seek to address potential barriers within our organisation. Trans Rights are Human Rights.

If you wish to find out more about Trans rights please click to visit the Stonewall website.

To celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility artist Jem Milton discusses gender diversity and representation through drawings in a specially-commissioned film “Drawing Gender Diversity”. Jem will also explores what the world can learn from transgender bodies.

The short film premieres at 7:00pm on Wednesday 31 March and will be available on the following: Govanhill Baths Facebook and YouTube channels.

Click to view on Govanhill Baths YouTube Channel

Click to view on our website

Click to go to Govanhill Baths Facebook page

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Viewers are encouraged to post questions that Jem will answer in a future video. Questions can be asked on Facebook or YouTube. All questions and comments will be moderated. To ask a question anonymously please click to go to this page on our website.

Jem says: “The liberation of gender ideologies is freeing for everyone in the same way that women no longer have to wear skirts and corsets, men don’t have to be confined to traditional masculine clothes and behaviours, non-binary people don’t have to perform their identity through their clothing, just as transgender people are valid whether or not they are transitioning physically. When we start to think about individuals as just that; individuals, we can start unpacking the boxes of gender that we rely on to categorise and make assumptions about people based on their appearances and behaviour. What this comes down to is essentially that understanding trans people means understanding everyone more fully, i.e trans rights are human rights.”

International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event on the 31st March, dedicated to celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender and gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.