Foundation Glasgow – The Growth of a City
- Mark Petrie
- 23 July 2009
No mean city
As a new exhibition prepares to launch, The List takes a look at the highlights.
A new exhibition is being launched in Glasgow next month, chronicling the history of the city. Foundation Glasgow – The Growth of a City will be a free animated exhibition charting the historic emergence and development of Scotland’s largest city. Viewers will be granted a unique opportunity, witnessing the city’s transformation from a bird’s eye view. Created by the Registers of Scotland, the exhibition will feature many thousands of years of urban growth, from way back to the Neolithic period continuing straight through to the projected developments, which the city will see in the future. The event is timed to coincide with Scotland’s Homecoming.
A 13-minute long animation shows the arrival of Saint Mungo, the founder of the city, including the Glasgow Cathedral which marks the site where he first built his church, establishing the beginning of Glasgow’s first benchmark in history. Others highlights showcase more recent developments, including the regeneration along the banks of the River Clyde, in which many of Glasgow’s now iconic structures stand. The exhibition will also take viewers for a virtual look into the future of the city, focusing on the changes that are planned to accommodate the hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games – the next chapter in the city’s ever expanding history.
The exhibition will be on show at Registers of Scotland’s Customer Service Centre, 9 George Square, Glasgow, everyday from 3 August until 7 September. Viewings will be half-hourly from 10am-4pm. Bookings are not necessary but are available by calling 0141 285 6479.