Double Lecture – 15th September 2015
JJ Burnet & Glasgow’s Entertainment Venues,
Niall Murphy & Dr. Bruce Peter
Lecture 1 by Niall Murphy: Sir JJ Burnet’s talent was equal to Glasgow’s other great architects, his career was stellar in terms of breadth and depth of achievement and contemporary respect. For instance, there are good reasons why an architect of his calibre was entrusted with the commission for the Glasgow Cenotaph. And yet he has become something of an unknown so much so that in his foreword to Gomme and Walker’s The Architecture of Glasgow Sir Nikolaus Pevsner remarks that Burnet is the most mysterious of the Glasgow architects. So who was Burnet and what did he achieve? Has his ability to be a stylistic chameleon actually helped this overshadowing?
Lecture 2 by Bruce Peter: Glasgow, with its burgeoning population, developed a significant leisure and entertainment culture in the latter-nineteenth and early- twentieth centuries. The first section of this lecture will address the architecture and social history of Glasgow’s entertainment venues and entertainment culture in the late-Victorian and Edwardian periods. Subsequently, from around the turn of the century, the cinema took hold of Glaswegians’ imaginations. Then – as now – the architecture of entertainment was fashionable and ephemeral, often eclectic and sought directly to address popular taste. Most of the buildings to be examined in the first half of this lecture have been demolished and some exist as fragments.
Date: 15th September 2015
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