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Inspired by Civilisations

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Inspired by Civilisations

Glasgow Museums and Libraries teams are celebrating the new BBC Civilisations Festival.

  1. Join us to see material on the man who founded The Mitchell Library and how his legacy has benefitted Glasgow’s citizens and visitors for over 140 years.

    First Mitchell Library, Ingram Street, 1877.

  2. The creation of civic museums and libraries like Kelvingrove or The Mitchell could be said to represent “civilisation” for Glasgow’s citizens. BBC Civilisations Festival allows Glasgow Life to shine a light on the history of selected museums and The Mitchell Library and to take a closer look into some well-known people associated with them.

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum 1901.

  3. The Mitchell Library, Wednesday 4 April

    Fiona Hayes Curator, Social History 12.30-12.45

    Suffragette collection gifted by Glasgow suffragette Janet Barrowman in 1955.

    Caption: TEMP.21543.2, Suffragette Medal, made from a penny, 1912.

  4. The Mitchell Library, Thursday 5 April

    Taking responsibility - acknowledging Glasgow’s historic connections to slavery in museums.

    Dr Anthony Lewis, Curator of Scottish History, Glasgow Life Museums 12.30-12.45

    The portrait of John Glassford and family represents the rising reputation of Glasgow’s wealth and taste. However, is that all it represents? This talk will examine the portrait in terms of the Glassford family’s links to slavery in America and at home.

    2997. John Glassford and his Family.

  5. The Mitchell Library Monday 9, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 April

    The Man Behind The Mitchell

    12.30-12.45 

    Join us to see material on the man who founded The Mitchell Library and how his legacy has benefitted Glasgow’s citizens and visitors for over 140 years.

    Caption: Mitchell Library, 1911.

  6. The Mitchell Library, Thursday 12 April

    Taking responsibility - acknowledging Glasgow’s historic connections to slavery in museums.

    6.00-7.00 Moir Dyer Dr Anthony Lewis, Curator of Scottish History, Glasgow Life Museums.

    The portrait of Jean Duff, Lady Grant shows a lady in leisure. She lived in luxury. But, how did she do this? This talk will account for the Grant family’s links with Jamaica and slavery.

    2204. Lady Grant ( Jean Duff ), Allan, David, c.1780.