The Briggait is an integral part of Glasgow’s architectural heritage. Once the city’s fish market of over a century, the building’s now the headquarters of Scotland’s largest studio providers – Wasps.
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This is a fantastic opportunity to freely explore or be shown around Trades Hall, the only remaining Robert Adam building in Glasgow, full of architectural delights, historic paintings and artefacts with its own museum describing its fascinating history.
In 1791, Adam was commissioned to design a new Trades Hall on Glassford Street as a meeting place for the 14 Incorporated Crafts of Glasgow. He worked on Trades Hall at the very end of his career but sadly died two years before its completion. His brothers, James and William, were responsible for finishing the building which opened in 1794.
There are four beautiful stained glass windows, and the magnificent Grand Hall has a stunning ceiling with a seven metre dome containing the Coat of Arms of the 14 Incorporations and their mottos, and a 64 metre (210 feet) frieze painted by Belgian artists shortly after the Boer War. The Museum, originally a Free Trade School, contains interesting artefacts donated by the 14 Crafts, some dating back to 1500.
No Booking Required
Building open with optional tours available (visitors can freely walk around at their leisure and/or they can go on a tour)
There will be talks on Genealogy which must be booked in advance, times are 11.00am, 1.00pm & 3.00pm.
Dates: Saturday 17th September, Sunday 18th September