May is a very busy month at the Baths with a whole range of events centred around the Southside Fringe.  As well as an extension to GBCT’s “100 years of Govanhill Baths” exhibition in the foyer, GBart will be hosting “Concrete Ribs”, an exhibition of new work by Helen de Main, Sarah Forrest and Carla Scott Fullerton in the former ‘ladies pool’ from Sat 9th May.

Govanhill Theatre Group are staging two plays for the Fringe in the Steamie, “Wasted” by rapper/poet Kate Tempest runs from 12th until 16th and “Strike a Light” a musical based on the 1888 ‘matchgirls strike’ in London’s East end by Fatima Uygun, Colin Poole and Jim Monaghan is on the following week.  Throughout the period of the Fringe there will also be a gallery in the Steamie showing original art by local artists.

On Saturday 16th May we will be having a “Pop-up” sale in the main pool, including books clothes and other items from our charity shop the Emporium and upcycled products from our Rags to Riches project.

Full details of these events are available in the ‘Whats on’ section of this website and at

100 years since the laying of the foundation stone of the building, Govanhill Baths Community Trust is delighted to announce the formal launch of a permanent archive and centenary publication. United We Will Swim: 100 Years of Govanhill Baths, published by Luath Press, documents the rich, diverse and inspiring story of Govanhill Baths and the community that it serves.

It includes seven newly commissioned essays, with a foreword by Lesley Riddoch and an introduction by Andrew Johnson, Chair of Govanhill Baths Community Trust. These explore its significance as a historic building, creative hub, a community resource in terms of health and diversity and the grassroots campaign to save it. Throughout the book there personal memories from users of the Baths that have been captured as oral histories, alongside a wealth of images of the building, the people that have used it and objects from the archive.

The archive has been developed by Paula Larkin and a group of volunteers and houses a broad collection of materials related to the physical building, it’s users, the campaign to save it, and it’s current use as a community hub. It also documents the building through each phase of development on its journey to fully reopening as a Wellbeing Centre. The archive is a unique community resource for current and future generations to use.

To showcase objects from this archive we are also launching a permanent display area designed by NORD Architecture, which will show a range of material in the collection including newspaper clippings, photos, objects, documents. A temporary exhibition will complement this presenting press reports from the last 100 years.

We formally opened the exhibition and launched the publication on the 19th March. The exhibition also features Future Archive, new work by artist in residence, Ailie Rutherford. Ailie has been working with local groups and individuals on the creation of artworks; these include screen printed notes for the People’s Bank of Govanhill and Talking Soap.

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We plan to give new life to the underused garden at the back of Govanhill Baths Community Trust on Kingarth Street and develop a community garden space; a place of rest and reflexion. The project will create a ‘Wildlife Garden’ with wildflowers and innovative upcycled planters installation with a discreet tree seating.

We aim to work with local residents in partnership with South Seeds, Urban Roots to redesign the area to allow wildlife to flourish.

Our second ‘How to…’ guide booklet will be produced and an illustrator will sketch each sessions to provide drawings and step by step instructions.  

The Princes Regeneration Trust appointed as Project Manager

The Board of the Trust is delighted to announce that the Big Lottery Fund has awarded us a major development grant of £34k to take forward Phase 1 of our scheme to refurbish the baths. Big Lottery’s endorsement means there is now a fantastic future ahead for these historically-important and well loved Baths as we press ahead with the development of our wellbeing centre.

Govanhill Baths have joined forces with Southside Film Festival to bring you three award winning cult films during the festival. They include With Nail and I, In the Loop and Best in Show and The Bill Hicks Story. For tickets see