Talks

Fireworks in Govanhill 

Tuesday 03 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Dixon Halls. 656 Cathcart Rd (Venue 12)

Join Lost Glasgow’s Norry Wilson for a photographic daunder through the history of Govanhill. From coal mines to ironworks, to the proud independent Burgh, the streets and stories of the area tell a bigger tale   one of movers and shakers, incomers and outlanders, teeming tenements, political protest, and progress. It’s Glasgow’s gallus Ellis Island, the gateway to the city, a Babel of faces, languages, and accents; the hearth on which new Glaswegians are formed and forged. Today, that story continues, and we are all writing the latest chapter in the tale of Govanhill.

How Govanhill Defeated Oswald Mosley’s Blackshirts

Wednesday 04 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Dixon Halls. 656 Cathcart Rd (Venue 12)

Back by popular demand after a highly attended and publicised event in 2019, this fascinating and significant talk by Holocaust education studies expert Professor Henry Maitles shines a light on a little-known piece of Govanhill history. In the 1930s, Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists was building organisation across Britain. In Govanhill, Jewish, Youth and Workers’ organisations allied to mobilise opposition to stop the fascists from marching on our streets. Hear how grass-roots campaigning challenged the BUF across Scotland to ensure it was not able to grow, leaving us with some crucial lessons on how to beat rising racism and fascism today.

This Wonderful Game: a History of Sport in Govanhill

Thursday 05 August, 6:00 to 7:30pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St (Venue 5)

With our famous neighbour Hampden Park just down the road, Govanhill’s sporting history is often overlooked. But this small and mighty borough, together with its neighbour Crosshill, has a long history of both amateur and professional sport! Join us to learn about Glasgow’s lost football club, the efforts to save a local bowling green from closure, and memories of swimming at Govanhill Baths back in the day. You’ll also learn some Edwardian exercise routines which you can practice in your own home! Speakers include: Pat McGeady, Third Lanark AC; Ingrid Shearer, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust; Graeme Brown, Hampden Bowling Club.

Chaired by Katherine Midgley, GBCT’s Heritage Learning Programme Coordinator.

We are grateful to the National Heritage Lottery Fund for funding our heritage programme.

With Stand Up To Racism Glasgow

Victory on Kenmure Street: How To Beat The Home Office

Friday 06 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Rum Shack, 657 Pollokshaws Rd (Venue 10)

The hostile environment is intensifying. The new Sovereign Borders Bill means, for the first time, that entering the UK ‘illegally’ could negatively impact the progress of an asylum claim. If it comes into effect, only those who arrive via a ‘legal’ route will get help yet less than 1% of the world’s refugees follow ‘legal’ migration routes, such as resettlement schemes.

The historic solidarity and peaceful resistance that stopped a Home Office immigration raid in Pollokshields on the southside of Glasgow on 13 May was an awesome display of unity to defend our neighbours. What can we learn from this experience?

Join our panel for an eyewitness account of the events in Pollokshields and discussion of how collective action can challenge the Home Office. This event hopes to inform, agitate and inspire action to foster anti-racism, and help to continue to build a welcoming culture and a movement to defend the rights of those seeking asylum and a better life in our city.

With Govanhill Community Development Trust

Govanhill’s Housing: Past, Present, Future

Friday 06 August, 6:30 to 8:30pm
Online event

Local experts take us through the history and future of housing in Govanhill. Local historian Bruce Downie will be joined by Ken MacDougall who recently retired after almost 40 years of building, refurbishing and preserving local homes at Govanhill Housing Association.

They will then be joined by local housing experts for a discussion about what the next 50 years will hold for Govanhill’s housing.

Dangers of Self-Tokenisation Pt 2: A Discussion Forum

Sunday 08 August, 2:00pm
Online

In this facilitated discussion, artists of all kinds are invited to discuss their experiences of self-tokenizing when art intersects with capitalism/external audiences. Led by cartoonist Kaitlin Chan, the discussion will focus on how the kinds of stories we want to tell, and the stories we are being asked (or paid) to tell, can diverge.

People of less-represented identities working in the freelance creative economy can be pressured to capitalise or tokenize our traumatic or identity-related experiences to make work that “goes viral” or follows an expected narrative.

But so many of us also want to make work about things other than our identities, to not feel the burden of representing a broader group.

This guided discussion was first led by Kaitlin in February 2021 and is being re-staged to invite more folks who feel strongly about their identity and their art-making to share their experiences.

With South Glasgow Heritage Environment Trust

Transatlantic Slavery and The Southside

Monday 09 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Rum Shack, 657 Pollokshaws Rd (Venue 10)

Its not just Glasgow’s city centre that was built by the slave trade: the southside shamefully benefited from and profited off of it too. It is important to recognise the role the Southside played and the darker side of the local area’s history. Find out about the transatlantic slave trade in the Southside and how local plantation merchants were involved in shaping local heritage. We’ll cover some key people (both merchants and enslaved) and historical sites

Delivered by Saskia McCracken from the SGHET.

Urban Community Ownership and Spatial Justice

Tuesday 10 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
The Deep End, 21 Nithsdale St (Venue 5)

Can community ownership be an effective and just way for communities to influence the planning of their neighbourhoods? Join Alex Wilde, the chair of the Govanhill Baths Community Trust, as she explores 20 years of debates about community ownership in Govanhill, leading up to the asset transfer of the Baths from the council to the community.

With Stand Up To Racism Glasgow

Climate Migration, Walls and Borders: what is Climate Justice and how do we fight for it?

Wednesday 11 August, 6:00 to 7:00pm
Rum Shack, 657 Pollokshaws Rd (Venue 10)

The climate crisis is an anti-racist issue. Unless we see the immediate urgent action needed to start addressing the climate and ecological emergency, migration and displacement will not only affect people in far off lands. As droughts, floods, wildfires and more increase in severity more people will be displaced from their homes (including Glasgow), and forced to migrate. They will face hostile government policies that dehumanise and scapegoat. Join local anti-racism and climate activists to discuss why anti-racists need to be a part of the movement for climate action and justice –  and explore the ways in which we can affect change.