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Greening Glasgow in the 19th and early 20th centuries: art, health and horticulture in the public park

Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time: 12.30-1.15pm
Booking Necessary: Yes

Greening Glasgow in the 19th and early 20th centuries: art, health and horticulture in the public park: three online talks by Prof. Clare A.P. Willsdon, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow, plus a related interview with David Mitchell, a former Curator at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Vice Chairman National Trust for Scotland, and Chair of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme:

Talk 1 – Tues 14th Sept, 12.30-1pm:

‘The most magnificent city…of the ancient or modern world’: Glasgow’s first Medical Officer of Health in the sewers and gardens of Paris

Talk 2 – Wed. 15th Sept, 12.30-1pm:
‘Breathing spaces and lungs’: the role of parks and green spaces in the 1866 Glasgow City Improvement Act

Talk 3 – Thurs 16th Sept, 12.30-1pm:
From ‘thriving on smoke and soot’ to ‘open spaces and woodlands’: Alexandra, Tollcross, and Pollok Parks

Interview – Fri 17th Sept, 12.30pm-1.15pm:
Prof. Willsdon and David Mitchell will use examples of trees, shrubs and other plants from the Glasgow’s historic parks and conservatories to discuss the importance of green space in the city for wellbeing of communities and health of the environment today.

This event is presented as part of The Dear Green Bothy, a collaborative cultural programme from the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts showcasing creative and critical responses to climate emergency.

Organisation Information:

Marking Glasgow’s hosting of the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference – COP26 – in November 2021, The Dear Green Bothy is a programme of free public events and activities demonstrating the vital role played by the arts and humanities in understanding and addressing climate emergency.

Led by the University of Glasgow’s College of Arts, The Dear Green Bothy is an open space where researchers, artists and communities can gather to respond creatively and critically to the challenges of the ecological crisis. We welcome you to our Bothy, invite you to take part in our events – and to get in touch if you have ideas for future hospitable collaborations.

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)