We are thrilled to announce that Dr. Sally Rush, Senior Lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow will be speaking on the 8th of May about stained glass in Glasgow. The title of her lecture is, Glasgow in the 1860s and the beginning of ‘a better condition of things in Scotland as regards stained glass’, and the synopsis for her lecture is as follows:
‘Both the celebrated glass painters Daniel Cottier and Stephen Adam began their careers in Edinburgh but found their artistic opportunities in Glasgow. This paper will reflect upon why and how, in the 1860s, Glasgow began to lead the way in Scottish glass painting.’
Dr Sally Rush is a senior lecturer in History of Art at the University of Glasgow, specialising in historic interiors and the visual culture of the Renaissance court. Her study of Scottish glass painting began when she was asked to contribute to the Glasgow volume of the Buildings of Scotland and she completed her Ph.D, Glass Painting in Scotland, 1830-1870 in 2001. In 2003, her doctoral research was put to one side in order to work with Historic Scotland on the restoration of Stirling Castle Palace. Recently, however, she has been working on the stained glass at Durham Cathedral and has contributed to Durham Cathedral: history, fabric and culture (2014). She is married to the stained-glass conservator and artist Mark Bambrough.
It’s all hands on deck here at the Glasgow’s Gilded Age Conference Headquarters, with less than a month to go now till the big day on May 8th,preparations have stepped up a gear and we have confirmed a fantastic line up of speakers. Every one is an expert in their field and is passionate about the Gilded Age project, they have so many letters after their names it is bewildering, and we even have a Sir to round off the proceedings in the form of Cottier collector Sir Angus Grossart. This isn’t just any old conference, oh no, its a conference with a difference! From personalised lunch-bags to an organ recital, we hope that attendees will leave our magnificent venue, Cottiers Theatre, at the end of the day saying ‘Well that was brilliant fun!’. You can buy your tickets on our website right now!
But back to the speakers, I will list their personal bios below, along with their topics so that you can get an idea of just what they will be talking about on the day.
Ranald MacInnes is Head of Heritage Management at Historic Scotland with responsibilities which include advising the Scottish Government on planning and historic environment issues. He began his career with English Heritage in the 1980s. He has a special interest in 20th-century architecture and planning. Ranald MacInness will be chairing the morning session of the conference.
Dr. David Mitchell: MSC IHBC ProfICME FSA Scot, Director of Conservation at Historic Scotland and Trustee of the Scottish Ironwork Foundation. He will be discussing the importance of architectural ironwork production in Glasgow, perhaps the most important manufacturer the world has seen.
Prof. John Hume OBE, BSc ARCST, Hon FRIAS, FSA Scot; Chairman of the Royal Commission of Ancient and Historic Monuments, Patron of GCHT, and life-long supporter of Glasgow’s industrial and artistic heritage, will be speaking about the industries and the individuals who produced or commissioned art in Glasgow throughout the period.
Emily Malcolm is Curator of Transport & Technology at Glasgow Museums. She will be discussing her specialised work on Glasgow’s ship model collection. She has researched widely in the use of ship models in shipbuilding on the Clyde and elsewhere. Her talk focuses on the design and display aspects of ship models and their use in shipyards and exhibition halls from Chicago to Paris
Helena Britt is a lecturer within the Department of Fashion and Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art (GSA). She will be discussing one are of her research activities, Interwoven Connections: The Stoddard Templeton Design Studio and Design Library, 1843-2005. Her talk will look at the designers within Glasgow’s famous Templeton Factory.
Dr. Robyne Erica Calvert: As the Mackintosh Research Fellow, Dr Robyne Erica Calvert is charged with fostering innovative research projects arising from the reconstruction of the Mackintosh Building. She was previously a lecturer in history and theory (HAUS and FoCI) at GSA, and is also a visiting lecturer in art and design history at the University of Glasgow. She will be setting the aesthetic scene for us on the day, introducing us to the wider artistic context of the period.
Dr. Peter Burman: Dr. Peter Burman is an architectural historian who has been studying Webb for many years, organised the only conference ever held on Webb and his work, and has produced two major articles on him with more in preparation. Peter Burman will be chairing the afternoon session.
Max Donnelly, Curator of 19th-Century Furniture at the V&A Museum. A contributor to several scholarly journals, his article on Vincent van Gogh and Daniel Cottier was published in The Burlington Magazine (September 2011). His lecture is tantalisingly entitled, Gilding the lily: Daniel Cottier and the Aesthetic interior, and he will be discussing Cottiers formative years in Scotland and the furniture we still have from this gilded age.
Ian Gow was appointed Curator of the National Trust for Scotland in 1998. He had previously been Curator of Architectural Collections at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. He will be discussing the renovation and conservation of the painted interiors of Holmwood House on the outskirts of glasgow, a building thought of as Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s domestic masterpiece.
The Closing remarks will be given by Sir Angus Grossart QC, CBE, DL, LLD, DLitt, DBA, FRSE (MA LLB CA FSA(Scot) FCIBS) CHAIRMAN, NOBLE GROSSART LIMITED.
Now get buying those tickets!
Just announced! Sir Angus Grossart will be making the closing remarks at the Glasgow’s Gilded Age Conference on the 8th May.
About: SIR ANGUS GROSSART QC, CBE, DL, LLD, DLitt, DBA, FRSE (MA LLB CA FSA(Scot) FCIBS) CHAIRMAN, NOBLE GROSSART LIMITED
His principal activity is as chairman of Noble Grossart Limited, the Scottish merchant bank which he jointly founded in 1969. He has acted as financial or strategic adviser to many public and private companies and other bodies.
He has served as a director of nearly 20 listed public companies in the UK, the USA and Canada involving banking, investment, investment management, property, drinks, energy, construction, insurance, media, newspapers and other sectors. He is a former vice chairman of Royal Bank of Scotland Group and a former chairman of Scottish Investment Trust PLC and of Edinburgh Fund Managers PLC. He is a director of many other companies including chairman of The Fine Art Society, Edinburgh Partners, Lyon & Turnbull, Scotland International and Charlotte Street Partners. He is deputy chairman of Ronson Capital Partners.
He was chairman of the National Museums of Scotland until 2012. He is chairman of the Scottish Futures Trust, which oversees over £9bn of major public procurement activity in Scotland. He was Chairman, and Trustee, of the National Galleries of Scotland. He was a Trustee and deputy chairman of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and chairman of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland. He is a Trustee of Glasgow Life. He chairs the Restoration Appeal for St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh. He is chairman of the Edinburgh International Cultural Summit. He is a Trustee of The High Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust. He is chairman of the Burrell Renaissance. He has held appointments with many other public, cultural, and charitable bodies.
He graduated from Glasgow University in Arts (MA) and in Law (LLB), and is a chartered accountant. He was called to the Scottish bar and practised as an advocate until 1969. He is a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.). He is a former Scottish editor of the British Tax Encyclopaedia. He has received honorary degrees from the universities of Glasgow (LLD 1985), Strathclyde (DBA 1998) St Andrews (D.Litt 2004) and Aberdeen (LL.D 2006). He was awarded a CBE in 1990. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Bankers of Scotland (FCIBS). He has received many awards, including the Captain of Industry Award, the Walpole Medal of Excellence, the Paolozzi Gold Medal, the Lord Provost of Glasgow Medal for public service and the Gold Medal of the National Museums of Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE). He is a Deputy Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh (DL). He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 1997.
He is a former scratch golfer, a runner up in the British Youths Championship and twice captain of Scotland’s under 22 team. He has restored Pitcullo castle and several Georgian houses and has a wide interest in Scottish paintings, the applied and decorative arts, the built heritage and related traditional crafts, Ferrari cars, history and travel.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery opened in 1901, partly funded by the Glasgow International Exhibition held in the park in 1888. It was designed by Sir John W. Simpson and E.J. Milner Allen, and opened in1901. After a huge three year refurbishment between 2003 and 2006, the museum has 22 themed galleries displaying an astonishing 8000 objects has become one of Scotland’s most popular free attractions. It can be visited from 10am-5pm throughout the week, from 11 on Fridays and Sundays.
Alf Webster: Glasgow’s Lost Genius
The second conference of the Glasgow’s Gilded Age project will focus on the Alf Webster’s (1883-1915) tragically short but important career as perhaps Glasgow’s finest stained glass artist.
The conference will be held in Websters Theatre on the 6th November. Tickets and more details will be available shortly.
Fairfields Govan, 1048 Govan Road, Glasgow
The Fairfields Shipbuilding & Engineering Offices, designed by John Keppie, in Govan are a testament to the once thriving shipbuilding industry which dominated the Clyde. Some of the finest liners, steamships ,and naval vessels were designed and launched from its banks. Today there are few visual reminders of this once thriving Clydeside industry, but this building is a testament in stone to this chapter of Glasgow’s history. Restored after 8 years of disuse in a £5.8 million project to provide a heritage centre and unique office accommodation. Between 2011and 2014 volunteers researched Govan’s shipbuilding history, the result is a new resource facility and interactive exhibition area telling the story of shipbuilding and Govan in tandem. The Heritage Centre is now open for free to the public Monday to Friday between 2pm and 5pm.
Ranald MacInness and Dr. Peter Burman will be chairing the conference.
Ranald MacInnes is Head of Heritage Management at Historic Scotland with responsibilities which include advising the Scottish Government on planning and historic environment issues. He began his career with English Heritage in the 1980s. He has a special interest in 20th-century architecture and planning. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of the Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow, Visiting Lecturer in Architectural Design for the Conservation of Built Heritage at the University of Strathclyde and has taught conservation at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. He has published many books, essays, articles and reviews on architectural history and conservation. He has played a leading research-based advisory and regulatory role in many significant conservation and architectural projects.
Ranald will be chairing the morning session of the conference.
Dr. Peter Burman is an architectural historian who has been studying Webb for many years, organised the only conference ever held on Webb and his work, and has produced two major articles on him with more in preparation. He sees Webb as a understated but nevertheless major figure both in the early development of the British Arts & Crafts Movement and in the early history of a responsible British ‘heritage movement’. He is a Guardian of the SPAB and in Scotland he is currently chairman of the Falkland Stewardship Trust, whose responsibilities include a major 19th century country house, and a trustee and Archivist of Hopetoun House. He acts as an arts and heritage consultant across a spectrum of special places.
Dr. Peter Burman will be chairing the afternoon session of the conference.
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