Mitchell Library

The Life and Work of James Sellars

The Life and Work of James Sellars
Dates and times
16th May 2024
6:00PM - 7:00PM
14 years +

Come and find out about the architect James Sellars and the many structures he designed in Glasgow through an illustrated evening lecture by Dominic D’Angelo, researcher and Chair of the Alexander Thomson Society

James Sellars was born in the Gorbals in 1843 and started his architectural apprenticeship aged thirteen with architects H&D Barclay. His  career saw him design many of Glasgow's landmark structures:  the Stewart Memorial Fountain in Kelvingrove Park, the Mitchell Theatre, Kelvinside Academy (including its railings) and Glasgow Victoria Infirmary. 

His association with the renowned Wylie & Lochhead Upholsterers led to him designing numerous warehouses and showrooms for the firm, including the handsome Buchanan Street store (now Frasers). He designed the Wylie & Lochhead cabinet works in Kent Road, and had reached the pinnacle of his career when commissioned to create several buildings for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1888. A tragic accident on site brought his hugely successful career to an abrupt end when he died just short of his forty-fifth birthday.

This talk is part of a free lecture series and educational outreach programme offered in association with the Glasgow City Heritage Trust

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We also have a supply of books in Braille, large print and audio.

Accessible toilets

This accessible toilet is approximately 26m (28yd 1ft) from the main entrance. This accessible toilet is located to the rear right as you enter.

Assistance dogs

Guide and assistance dogs are welcome and a bowl of water can be provided. 

Hearing loop

There is a fixed loop hearing assistance system.

This venue does not play background music.

Wheelchair access

There is a wheelchair to borrow. To borrow the wheelchair, please contact a member of staff.

Motorised scooters are allowed in public parts of the venue.

Baby changing

Baby feeding

Cafe or restaurant

The Café is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 4.15pm.

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Please note that there is on-street surrounding The Mitchell Library, from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday this is metered. As this is also a local residential area, please use these spaces considerately. Alternatively, there is an a NCP Car Park on India Street next to Charing Cross Train Station which is a 2 minute walk away. 

Photography and video recording

On occasion, Glasgow Life will be on the premises to film and take photos. 

Study spaces

Study spaces can be booked by calling 0141 287 7655. Click here for further information.

Free wifi

We provide free WIFI access and further access to over 50 PCs for public use

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