Park Circus from Kelvingrove Park, c1870.Ref P1224
Phoenix Park, Cowcaddens, 1911. Ref P660
Children’s Day, Springburn Park, 1900
This project will create an interactive network of scholars, without barrier to discipline or research experience, who use the Glasgow City Archives to research any aspect of the city’s cultural history, with a particular slant towards Music.
Membership of the network is open to academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, local and family historians, archives staff, and other Glasgow Life Museums and Collections staff. It will deliver a series of workshops and study days on themes that reflect the research interests of the group. All members will be encouraged to contribute to these events and the development of online study resources.
Music will serve as the touchpoint for this multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the cultural environment in Glasgow through several centuries. Potential areas of investigation include a history of local bands; the City Council’s development of cultural policy; cultural activities at the international exhibitions; involvement of artisans (and local industry) in the design of public performing spaces; church history; and the role of the Arts as a vehicle for public health and wellbeing. The topic that is key to drawing several disciplines together is that of Music in the Parks, from the 1870s to mid-twentieth century.
The Cultural History of Glasgow research network is funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh until December 2020. It is a collaborative project between The Open University in Scotland and Glasgow City Archives.