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We have a great selection of titles which have been newly published, as well as quite a few which are still in production. See below for our newest titles. 

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Dutch and Flemish Paintings: Highlights from Glasgow’s collection 
Glasgow Museums: Ship model collection
Glasgow Museums: Tapestry collection
Out of This World: Glasgow’s world cultures collections

New Titles​

Introducing Georgian Glasgow: How Glasgow Flourished

Anthony Lewis, Fiona Hayes and Isobel McDonald
The 18th and early 19th centuries were a time of remarkable expansion for Glasgow. Described by Daniel Defoe in 1727 as ‘the cleanliest, beautifullest and best built city in Great Britain’, the city expanded from a population of 12, 832 in 1712 to over 200, 000 by 1832. But what were the causes of this rapid growth in size, wealth and influence? Was there a distinctive Glaswegian Enlightenment and how did it impact on the city’s landscape and institutions? What was it like to live in the city during this time? This book looks at the importance of industry, trade, and how the city’s place on the commercial trade routes grew the fortunes of the Glasgow ‘tobacco  lords’ and the effects of Empire and links with slavery. 

Published to accompany the exhibition How Glasgow Flourished 1714–1837 at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, opening 18 April 2014. 

April 2014; paperback; 72 pp; £5.99; ISBN 978 1 908638 069

Collector's Daughter: The untold Burrell story

SMO. Stephen
In 1944, shipping magnate Sir William Burrell and his wife Constance bequeathed a remarkable collection of over 8,000 objects to the city of Glasgow, now displayed in the Burrell Collection in the south of Glasgow. Little is known about Burrell’s personal life, as he was a very private man, and it will surprise many to know that he had a daughter. For like many men of his generation, Burrell had hoped that one day a son would inherit the family business – and his collection. But Constance’s first pregnancy was difficult, and they had only one child, their daughter Marion. 

She grew up to be a spirited and strong-willed woman, and her relationship with her parents, particularly her mother, was destined to be an unhappy one. After three broken engagements Marion vowed never to marry, but she did find love and led an eventful life, serving as a nurse during World War II, then escaping from the family home and working as a matron in a boys’ school, and later working her way to Australia and New Zealand. Irrevocably estranged from her parents, she was never to inherit her father’s treasures, but lived in her Edinburgh flat surrounded by memories of his collection. 

This memoir is a fascinating insight into the lives of the gentry of the time, and into the life of a remarkable woman whose story is now told for the first time. 

March 2014; paperback, 340pp; ISBN 978-1-908638-05-2​​; £9.99

Glasgow Museums: Seventeenth Century Costume

R. Quinton
The early seventeenth century was a time of growing wealth in Britain, which was reflected in the opulent clothes and accessories worn by the fashionable elite. Rich silks embellished with needlework were used to create expensive, high quality garments, affordable only for the wealthy. Yet their very exclusivity has meant that few items have lasted through the centuries, many having fallen victim to reuse and repurposing as other garments and household items. 

This book is the first in the series of publications about Glasgow Museums’ European Costume collection. Designed to appeal to costume and embroidery enthusiasts and social historians alike, it features new photography and the fruits of recent research, revealing the intricate details of exquisite embroidery. ​ This publication has been produced with support from the Friends of Glasgow Museum and the Camphill Fund. 

December 2013; paperback; 148 pp; ISBN 978 1 906509 866; £16.99
Co-published with Unicorn Press – www.unicornpress.org.​​

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