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Mapping the City with John Moore

Day: Wednesday
Time: 7.30pm
Booking Necessary: Yes

Join us for our Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival event when John Moore will be discussing Glasgow: Mapping the City, which explores how our amazing city has changed over the last 500 years. John’s beautifully illustrated book of the same name, published in 2015, features 80 specially selected maps, each offering a unique insight into the political, economic and social history of Glasgow. As the librarian of the University of Glasgow for nearly 38 years, Mr Moore was well acquainted with the city. Instead of just picking maps in chronological order, he wanted to pick the ones which told a story about the city. 

The maps paint a vivid painting of the history of the city. For example, one of the other more colourful maps is from 1884. It highlighted all the hotels and public houses in town – essentially where you could get a drink. And while the churches were also noted on the map, they were coloured in black.

Our event will take you on a journey through the development of shipbuilding, green spaces, transport, health, the industrial revolution, wartime, tourism and much more.

John Moore is a specialist on Scottish cartography and has published widely on the subject over a period of many years. He was formerly Collections Manager at Glasgow University Library.

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)

Wednesday @ 7:30pm

Duration: 1 hour