Banner Tales of Glasgow

Banner Tales of Glasgow

​About the Project

Collaboratively organised by researchers at the School of Geographical and Earth Science at the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Museums and GMB staff, Banner Tales of Glasgow is a series of witness workshops centred upon selected labour and community organising banners held by Glasgow Museums. The collection includes, amongst others, union banners, peace banners and women’s movement banners stretching back to the mid 19th Century. 

The project will take a collection of banners back to the places of their origin. The location and dates of the workshops are Castlemilk Community Centre on May 1st, Barmulloch Community Centre on May 16th and Govan’s Pearce Institute on May 30th of this year. People with direct experience of the events or organisations represented by the banners, and people with an interest in the subject and the local area of the city associated with the banners, are invited to discuss them – their creation, use, care and decommission. The research team is also keen to explore the ways in which these banners speak to contemporary forms of workplace and community struggle in Glasgow. The workshops are designed to enhance existing archives and provide a platform for local people to participate in the archival process, opening up space for current and past local residents of Castlemilk, Barmulloch and Govan to tell their own, all too often, “hidden histories”. 

Banner Tales of Glasgow follows on from a successful pilot event held last year at the GMRC in Nitshill. People with connections to the 1980s Yarrow Shop Stewards Committee banner, Morris’s Furniture dispute banner (1985), Caterpillar dispute banner (1987), and a late 19th Century Kinning Park Women’s Cooperative bannerette were invited to tell their stories in the presence of these important artefacts. Reacquainting people with these important artefacts produced an emotive participatory learning environment that yielded new insights about the banners themselves, the relevant organising practices, and the communities most involved in these activities.

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There are a series of roadshow events connected to the project, featuring specially invited speakers and activities to celebrate Banner Tales of Glasgow:

Friday 1 May, Castlemilk Community Centre

Saturday 16 May, Barmulloch Community Centre

Saturday 30 May, Pearce Institute, Govan

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