Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival 2016

12-18th September 2016

Explore over 100 of Glasgow’s most intriguing buildings, enjoy city tours in ever corner of the city, as well as special events, talks, tours, exhibitions and children’s activities.

Have a look behind the scene and learn about the city’s building and spaces.

 Talks and Special Events


18th Century Innovator: Dreghorn and the Merchant City

Tuesday 13th September 12.30pm (1 hour duration)

Glasgow’s growth in the 1700s through global trade is well known, but who was the city’s architect? This talk, led by Dr Anthony Lewis, examines the career of Allan Dreghorn (1706-1764), and ways in which we can see and understand Georgian Glasgow better.

Read more about talks, exhibitions and activities taking place at St Andrew’s in the Square here.

Booking Required

Tuesday 13th:
Book 12.30 p.m. talk


Glasgow Undergrounds

Thursday 15th September 12.30pm (1 hour duration)

Ever fancied learning more about the much-loved ‘Clockwork Orange’? Did you know Glasgow’s first ‘Underground’ wasn’t the Subway- it was the ‘City and District’ from Finnieston to the High Street? Join TV and radio broadcaster Colin MacKay to find out more about Glasgow’s intriguing undergrounds!


St Andrew’s in the Square

1 St Andrew’s Square, Calton, Glasgow G1 5PP


Booking for this event will open at 10am on 24th August

Thursday 15th:
Book 12.30p.m. talk

Mackintosh and Thomson on Campus

Saturday 17th 1pm, 60mins duration

Glasgow University has a wealth of imposing and impressive buildings. Historian Dr Ronnie Scott focuses on the important contributions that Charles Rennie mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, the city’s two world-class architects, have made to the university’s campus and its setting.

Dr Ronnie Scott is a writer, editor, historian, researcher, tutor and tour guide who will be sharing his expertise with you in this insightful talk. Find out about the impact of internationally renowned architects, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson on the University of Glasgow. Discover the intriguing legacy of Mackintosh, Scottish architect, designer, artist and main representative of Art Nouveau and Thomson, architect, architectural theorist and pioneer in sustainable building.

This talk is supported by the Centre for Open Studies, University of Glasgow. To find out about courses likes this throughout 2016/17 visit

Number in Brochure (Heritage Talks): 8


Kelvin Hall

1445 Argyle Street, G3 8AW

Advance Booking Essential

Additional Booking Information:

Booking opens at 10am on Wednesday 24th August 2016.

Saturday 17th:
Book 1pm tour

 See all special events

 See walks and tours programme

Buildings and Spaces in the Doors Open Programme include:

 Arlington Baths Club

 The Briggait

Britannia Panopticon

 The Burrell Collection

 Citizens Theatre

 Garnethill Synagogue

 Glasgow Women’s Library

 Lambhill Stables

 Maryhill Burgh Halls

New Victoria Garden Allotments

Queens Park Camera Club Rooms

Full programme Doors Open Days Buildings and Spaces

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