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Gallus Glasgow – Step into Thomas Sulman’s Victorian City

Booking Necessary: Yes

Step into Thomas Sulman’s intricate 1864 map of Glasgow and explore the next 50 years of the city’s development, as it became ‘the Second City of the Empire’. Explore Glasgow City Heritage’s new interactive website, featuring an animation, interactive map, blog posts and more!

The story goes that Thomas Sulman took to a hot air balloon to draw the map for the Illustrated London News, which gives it a unique and highly detailed perspective. It captures a city on the cusp of greatness: the Victorians have found success in manufacturing and trading, they’ve conquered much of the world. They celebrate these achievements by constructing extravagant buildings in which to work, live and meet. It’s an exciting time, full of opportunity and optimism. Follow a family of five as they navigate a day in the city – when the spectacularly rich were living side-by-side with some of the poorest in Britain

Get involved by adding your story and help us to expose some of the treasures that lie under our noses!

GCHT is grateful to funders Norbulk Shipping UK Ltd, Hugh Fraser Foundation and Culture & Business Fund Scotland for their generous support of this project.

Organisation Information:

Glasgow City Heritage Trust gives out almost £1million in funding each year to help people in Glasgow protect, repair and promote the city’s historic buildings and places. Through our conservation grants programmes people will enjoy, understand and care for Glasgow’s historic built environment and will be able to access funding and expertise which will ensure the sustainability of the city’s heritage for current and future generations.

We have publicly accessible headquarters in the historic heart of the Merchant City; pop in to collect leaflets, trails and maps, view our exhibitions, get advice on historic buildings maintenance and grants and come to our talks and workshops!

Glasgow City Heritage Trust is an independent charity, supported by Glasgow City Council and Historic Environment

Other Information


Parking: Yes


Physical Access to Building: Fully Accessible (access to all areas without trouble, including for someone using a wheelchair or mobility scooter)