For all your Glasgow links

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Reference sites   (museums, arts, libraries, collections)



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Glasgow's Story

A venture by Glasgow University, this site tells Glasgow's story through the centuries and has many photographs and historical pieces cover all aspects of life in Glasgow through the ages ,

Virtual Mitchell

Want to see the street you lived in years ago?  Or where your Granny came from?  Or what was in the street before those new flats were built?  This website is what you want.  It's a wonderful archive of photos of Glasgow and it is listed by Area or by Street.  Absolutely superb! ,

Glasgow Digital Library

Organised digital collections to support teaching, learning and research.  Sounds boring, but it isn't... try it and see. ,

Glasgow Building and Preservation Trust

Says it all, really.... ,

Statistical Accounts of Scotland

With links to national Archives of Scotland etc

http://Statistical Accounts ,

Glasgow Collection

This link takes you to information about how to use the Glasgow Collection, a rich source of information relating to Glasgow held in the Mitchell Library.  It is mainly paper-based and includes:  books, maps, newspapers, periodicals, engravings, postcards, photos, paintings, directories and theatre and music hall programmes and playbills. 

Mitchell Special Collections

Glasgow Guide

A guide to everything in Glasgow, including ‘What’s On’ and discussion forums. ,

Hidden Glasgow 

This site has forums and chat rooms devoted to issues involving Glasgow.  You are free to browse or to register to join in and have your opinion heard ,

Glasgow City Council

If you are looking for anything to do with the day-to-day running of the City, look here. ,

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Scran is a charity and online learning resource base funded by the Scottish Government.  It has thousands of images from museums, archives and media.  You can view thumbnail images and descriptions for free, but full membership entitles you to see much more. ,

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Origin and History of Glasgow Street Names

Another of Gordon Adams’s sites, this one lists the origin of Glasgow street names as in the book by Hugh Macintosh in his 1902 book of that name, ,

Glasgow books and articles

Gordon Adams has placed some old books relating to Glasgow  and its history on-line here. ,

Glasgow Humane Society

The Glasgow Humane Society was set up in 1790 after a wealthy Glasgow Merchant named James Coulter left the Faculty of Surgeons £200 in his Will for that purpose. ,

1901 Glasgow International Exhibition 

- part of the University of Glasgow’s Special Collections.  Official guide and daily programmes of this extremely successful exhibition. ,

The Blitz on Clydeside

Photographs, personal memories and background of the destruction caused by the Luftwaffe.  Mainly highlights Maryhill and Clydebank, where, of course, the destruction was at its worst.

Blitz on Clydeside ,

Glasgow Homoeopathic Hospital history

The history of Glasgow’s homoeopathic hospital as reproduced from a booklet published by the hospital in 1953 ,

Annan’s photographs of Old Glasgow

Home of the Annan collection of photographs of Old Glasgow dating from 1855—a treat to browse through, and thoughtfully listed by subject. ,

Scottish Mining Website

Deals with all aspects of mining in Scotland, including different areas, housing, health, etc.

Glasgow Pottery

Henry E. Kelly, an expert on Glasgow pottery, wrote a book about Bells Pottery, probably the most famous pottery in these parts.  The book is downloadable by chapter at his site, using Adobe.  It is most informative and has many illustrations of Old Glasgow and places still in existence connected with the Bell family and pottery.  You can also buy the book at the site.


Glasgow Poorhouses

Poorhouses, workhouses and other institutions are discussed and pictured on this website.  There are also useful links to where archives and other information is held.


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Scottish Screen—Film Archive

A super site with archived films relating to all areas of Scotland.  This link takes you straight to the Glasgow list, but explore the other gems in the archive.

Scottish Screen - Glasgow

Glimpses of Old Glasgow— Part of the digital library collection

An alphabetic list by subject of aspects of Old Glasgow and its people—click on the subject which interests you to learn more.


Old Glasgow Club Transactions

The Old Glasgow Club published many of the talks given at the Club over many years.  The Club has put an index of their contents on-line—follow the link.   These Transactions are kept and can be read at Level 2 of the Mitchell Library. 

Old Glasgow Club Transactions

Old Glasgow Maps

From the National Library of Scotland, a list of the maps they have of Glasgow.  Click on the one you want and you can zoom in and out for detail.

Glasgow Maps

Internet Archive

This wonderful resource was pointed out to me by a kind person from the Glesga Pals forum.  It is an archive of media, including books.  This link takes you to the booklist for Glasgow and you are able to read any of these books online.

Internet Archive - Glasgow books

Glasgow Central Fire Station History (now at Cowcaddens)

The history of Glasgow Central Fire Station—which is now situated in Cowcaddens and has a wonderful tour and display of equipment on ‘Doors Open Day’ every year.

West End Addresses

This is an on-going project by Douglas Clar to show who lived at any address in the West End of Glasgow over the years,

Scottish Ironwork


We all know how Walter McFarlane’s Saracen works and other ironworks sent their wares all over the world.  The Scottish Ironwork Foundation are collating information on all Scottish ironwork, here and abroad.

Scottish ironwork


Glasgow University Special Collections


Manuscripts and documents relating to Glasgow -

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Internet Archive Glasgow Post Office Directories


Glasgow Post Office Directories downloadable.

Glasgow Post Office Directories

Scotlands Places—City of Glasgow


Including RCAHMS photographs.  

Glasgow - Scotlands Places