Past Exhibition: Bathing Belles

This exhibition closed in Janaur y 2014, and looked at 200 years of swimming and swimwear in Glasgow. 

From the earliest swimmers in rivers, through the opening of the first public
baths to the development of the state-of-the-art swimming pool for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, swimming in Glasgow has come far. Whether on holiday or at school, swimming and what you wear has also moved with the times. 

From the modest, woollen Edwardian swimwear to the super-fabric Speedos of the Olympics today, this exhibition looks at the role of swimwear whether it is for covering up for modesty or religious reasons, protection from the sun – or getting a tan! 

These costumes, as well as trophies, postcards and souvenirs, chart the rise of swimming clubs in Glasgow, learning to swim at school and going ‘doon the watter’ for the traditional West Coast holiday. 

ASVA Finalist 


We are delighted to have been chosen as a finalist in the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions awards recently, in the marketing category for Bathing Belles! 

Congratulations to all the winners. 
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