About The Archive
Govanhill Baths Archive has been set up to catalogue and make accessible a fascinating and truly unique collection of materials which reflect the wide and varied activities which have taken place in the Baths over the past 100 years, from its use as a municipal swimming baths and wash house to its occupation by the Save Our Pool campaign and the development of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT). It is subsequently organised into 3 sections:
- Before Closure: 1914 – 2000
- Save Our Pool: 2001 – 2004
- Govanhill Baths Community Trust (GBCT): 2005 onward
The Archive is in its infancy but has already established itself, with the necessary equipment, in what was formerly the sun bed room at the Baths. It has been accessed by researchers, artists, filmmakers, visitors to Doors Open Day and local school children. The next steps are garnering further human resources and funding to catalogue the whole collection and make it fully accessible at the Baths and online. The Govanhill Baths Archive Group has been initiated to take this development forward and in reflecting the aims of the Trust, to preserve and conserve the building and advance education, health and well-being in what is a fluid and culturally diverse community, we hope that the importance of the archive will become apparent to current and future generations.