Community Consultation: My Historic Neighbourhood – the Barras
Saturday 30 April, 2022 at 12 Noon
The Pipe Factory, 42 Bain Street, Glasgow G40 2LA
Barras 100th Anniversary Commemoration – Community Consultation Event
My Historic Neighbourhood Barras Market are commemorating and recording for future generations phrases that depict the Barras with carvings in the pavement.
The project began in November 2021 at The Barras, at an event marking the 100th anniversary of the market. To celebrate this momentous occasion, members of the local community were invited to document their memories of the Glasgow institution.
The Barras was made famous by its many traders who were expert showmen, and drew the crowds with their raucous calls. One trader teased onlookers with “Come a wee bit close madam, I don’t do mail order!”. Another would stand on a soapbox, yelling to the passing crowd “Horrible! Terrible! Awful! Horrible! Terrible! Awful! Tradgedeeeee!” doing his best to punt the latest newspapers.
The hawkers and their fantastic banter made The Barras much more than a place to shop. It was the beating heart of the community, where people flocked to be entertained on a day out.
A record of the most popular and fondly remembered phrases was made, and on 30th April, a drop-in community consultation event will be held at The Pipe Factory, to choose which phrases will be carved into the pavements around the market as a permanent commemoration of the 100th anniversary.
New suggestions will also be welcome.” Do you have memories of The Barras hawkers? What was your favourite Barras battle cry? We would love to hear from you, either at our event, or by getting in touch by Email, email@example.com, or on social media, Twitter @glasgowdodf. ”
The community consultation will launch a short film, directed by David Hayman Jr, produced in partnership with Witsherface and the Citizens Theatre. The film beautifully weaves recordings of the voices of women from Calton, and archive footage of The Barras Market from the 1960’s, with performances by the Citizens Theatre WAC ensemble: an exciting and innovative theatre company for care-experienced young adults. Also showing will be a filmed heritage talk by local historian Peter Mortimer.
Completing the community consultation line up will be a kinetic sculpture made of objects from The Barras Market. The sculpture has been made by artist Adam Stearns, and pupils from St Mungo’s Academy, who have been participating in workshops, learning about the heritage of the Barras and sound art.
The community consultation is open to all. Whether you previously lived in Calton, have memories of visiting The Barras at the weekend or are just a keen history fan, you will be welcome to attend this free, drop in event (no ticket required).
My Historic Neighbourhood, a project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and National Lottery players, focuses on the heritage of the areas Anderston, Barras/Calton, Govan and Sighthill.
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