The Govan Stones Project

The Govan Stones Project Viking-Age sculpture inside a 1,500-yr-old churchyard. Closed until 01/04/24. Email for winter tours! FREE! http://www.thegovanstones.org.uk/

Discover the unique collection of early medieval stones carved in the 9th-11th centuries to commemorate the power of those who ruled the Kingdom of Strathclyde. One of Scotlandโ€™s most important historical and cultural assets, explore the 31 monuments within the beautiful setting of Govan Old Church, Glasgow. OPEN from 1st April until 31st October 2023. 1pm- 4pm every day- still free of charge!

Please join us in thanking and celebrating all our wonderful volunteers on International Volunteer Day!
05/12/2023

Please join us in thanking and celebrating all our wonderful volunteers on International Volunteer Day!

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ Support us this   by buying the Govan Stones x Archaeoptics range of 3D-printed 1:32-scale models.Have a stunning wee...
03/12/2023

๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ Support us this by buying the Govan Stones x Archaeoptics range of 3D-printed 1:32-scale models.

Have a stunning wee Viking-Age resin model of a carved stone from the early medieval Kingdom of Strathclyde on your shelf!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics

Now, then, is this a Viking-Age HOGBACK gravestone from Shetland?! This is an old photo taken in the wonderful Shetland ...
02/12/2023

Now, then, is this a Viking-Age HOGBACK gravestone from Shetland?! This is an old photo taken in the wonderful Shetland Museum and Archives, so any help from Vikingists and Shetlanders would be great, thank you!

01/12/2023

Happy St. Andrew's Day to everyone!The Govan Stonesand St. Constantine hope youse a' have a brawand bonnie time ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ ...
30/11/2023

Happy St. Andrew's Day to everyone!

The Govan Stones
and St. Constantine
hope youse a' have a braw
and bonnie time ๐Ÿด๓ ง๓ ข๓ ณ๓ ฃ๓ ด๓ ฟ

For  , we would be delighted if you could support our plans for the future, including better disabled facilities, so tha...
28/11/2023

For , we would be delighted if you could support our plans for the future, including better disabled facilities, so that more people can enjoy Govan Old and its early medieval carved stones from the lost Viking-Age Kingdom of Strathclyde!

DONATE TO SUPPORT THE REGENERATION OF GOVANโ€™S GREATEST HISTORIC ASSET It is a remarkable thought but the struggle to keep Govan Old open is now in its 15th year. It was fired into life by the sh

Govan Old, home of the Viking-Age Govan Stones and an extant early medieval churchyard, came close to being hit in WW2, ...
26/11/2023

Govan Old, home of the Viking-Age Govan Stones and an extant early medieval churchyard, came close to being hit in WW2, with the Luftwaffe dropping bombs at the nearby Yorkhill Quay, where the Govan Ferry helped save HMS Sussex after it was struck on September 18th, 1940: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-67458055

We've marked out the location of Govan Old on the Luftwaffe map - with the Harland & Wolff plating shed sharing our historic early medieval boundary, you can see why we were under severe threat during WW2.

๐Ÿ“ท Glasgow City Archives BBC Scotland

Stunning ๐Ÿ“ท by Bren MacNeil of the Govan-Partick Bridge, which will reinstate the crossing between the royal centre of th...
25/11/2023

Stunning ๐Ÿ“ท by Bren MacNeil of the Govan-Partick Bridge, which will reinstate the crossing between the royal centre of the Viking-Age Kingdom of Strathclyde at Partick and its Christian centre at Govan, home of the world-famous collection of early medieval carved stones.

Just think! The Book of Deer was written in the same period, and likely within a similar religious context, as the Govan...
20/11/2023

Just think! The Book of Deer was written in the same period, and likely within a similar religious context, as the Govan Stones.

Experts have found the monastery where Scotland's earliest surviving Gaelic writing came to life.

A fantastic short video about place-names of Northern Brittonic origin, including Alt Clud and Govan, from Drs. Whyte, E...
20/11/2023

A fantastic short video about place-names of Northern Brittonic origin, including Alt Clud and Govan, from Drs. Whyte, Evemalm-Graham, and Taylor to help satisfy your Clyde Britons needs until we reopen on April 1st!

A short video about place-names of Northern Brittonic origin in Scotland. Produced at the University of Glasgow by Nigel Hutchins and Alexander Moss at the U...

โ€œSweet be their sleep now wherever theyโ€™re lying,Far though they be from the hills of their homeโ€ from "Lament For the L...
11/11/2023

โ€œSweet be their sleep now wherever theyโ€™re lying,
Far though they be from the hills of their homeโ€

from "Lament For the Lads" by Neil Munro

Hogback love, Durham Cathedral edition!
10/11/2023

Hogback love, Durham Cathedral edition!

Did you know we have one of the most important collections of Hogback grave markers in the world?

These stones are so special as the Vikings didnโ€™t usually use grave markers. Itโ€™s something we only see around the 10th century. You can see the stones in the Museum, in the Monks Dormitory

We may be missing the Stones a wee bit. Please distract us by donating and helping Govan Old become a world-class commun...
04/11/2023

We may be missing the Stones a wee bit. Please distract us by donating and helping Govan Old become a world-class community venue and museum: https://tghts.enthuse.com/profile

Thank you so much, from the bottom of our hogbacks!

We need your support when we're closed for winter! Why not buy one of the Archaeoptics x Govan Stones 3D models as a pre...
01/11/2023

We need your support when we're closed for winter! Why not buy one of the Archaeoptics x Govan Stones 3D models as a present?*

https://etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics

*gift can be for yourself.

Gallus guide, Scott, is All Shook Up by the early medieval amazingness of the Govan Sunstone! See Scott (and the Govan S...
31/10/2023

Gallus guide, Scott, is All Shook Up by the early medieval amazingness of the Govan Sunstone! See Scott (and the Govan Stones) before we close at 4pm today *until April*!


It's a scary thought this   that we close for winter at 4pm today, so you'd best visit before then, or you won't see the...
31/10/2023

It's a scary thought this that we close for winter at 4pm today, so you'd best visit before then, or you won't see the Govan Stones or Govan Old until April!

Eerie images by Grave Sight Photography

30/10/2023

๐Ÿšจโณ๏ธ We close TODAY at 4pm, so here's a wee video to encourage you to visit before then!

29/10/2023

Unboxing of a life-size Archaeoptics 3d print of the Govan Warrior stone. The Govan Stones are open until Tuesday 31st October, 1pm-4pm.

Curly covers book sale at the Govan Stones. 20% off some of our bestsellers! Get your skates on
29/10/2023

Curly covers book sale at the Govan Stones. 20% off some of our bestsellers! Get your skates on

27/10/2023

๐ŸŽฌ Gratuitous Hogback Film

A premiere.

We love this!
25/10/2023

We love this!

Last Chance! โ„๏ธ We close for winter after October 31st, so don't miss out on seeing the newly-discovered Govan Warrior, ...
25/10/2023

Last Chance! โ„๏ธ We close for winter after October 31st, so don't miss out on seeing the newly-discovered Govan Warrior, our world-famous hogbacks, the stunning Govan Sarcophagus, the Govan Cross, and much more - all from the lost Viking-Age Kingdom of Strathclyde! All in the gorgeous Gothic surroundings of the majestic Govan Old.

Open 7 days, 1-4pm. Free entry.

  ... 25th October 1649Rev Hugh Binning, was called to Govan Parish8th Jan 1650 ordained at GovanApril 1651 historical d...
25/10/2023

... 25th October 1649

Rev Hugh Binning, was called to Govan Parish

8th Jan 1650 ordained at Govan

April 1651 historical dispute before Cromwell at Glasgow

Sept 1653 Died of consumption

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Binning

https://www.apuritansmind.com/puritan-favorites/hugh-binning-1627-1653/

https://www.monergism.com/topics/puritans/hugh-binning-1627-1653

http://www.scottishphilosophy.org/philosophers/hugh-binning/

https://www.theglasgowstory.com/story/?id=TGSBC05 #:~:text=Cromwell%20came%20to%20Glasgow%20in,Zachary%20Boyd%2C%20the%20Covenanting%20minister

Will you join us in recreating the walk of Strathclyde royalty when the Govan-Partick Bridge opens in 2024?Thanks to Cra...
24/10/2023

Will you join us in recreating the walk of Strathclyde royalty when the Govan-Partick Bridge opens in 2024?

Thanks to Craig Williams and the HeraldScotland for featuring the Govan Stones and Fairfield Heritage in this article!

The new bridge will re-establish a link between two well-known Glasgow neighbourhoods - in Govan and Partick.

The Govan Stones features in a new podcast! Our own Dr. Tom appeared on the Vikingology Podcast, where he talked about V...
21/10/2023

The Govan Stones features in a new podcast! Our own Dr. Tom appeared on the Vikingology Podcast, where he talked about Vikings and also their interaction with the Clyde Britons.

Watch now (75 mins) | Or, why the path of least resistance was the best path of all...

The Govan Stones will be closing for the winter at the end of the month, but thereโ€™s still time for a visit and to see t...
21/10/2023

The Govan Stones will be closing for the winter at the end of the month, but thereโ€™s still time for a visit and to see the new Govan Warrior stone!

Support us this winter! Buy the Archaeoptics Govan Stones 3D models: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics
21/10/2023

Support us this winter! Buy the Archaeoptics Govan Stones 3D models: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics

Hereโ€™s some more objects from Cumwhitton replicated for Tullie. A mixture of tortoise brooch, iron box pieces, stirrups, buckle, belt strap, a key and a ringed pin Blueaxe Reproductions

Enjoy a stunning photograph of our brilliant guide Scott as he tells our visitors about the remarkable Govan Sarcophagus...
20/10/2023

Enjoy a stunning photograph of our brilliant guide Scott as he tells our visitors about the remarkable Govan Sarcophagus, a unique and beautiful early medieval survival from the lost Viking-Age Kingdom of Strathclyde.

๐Ÿ“ท Grave Sight Photography

  Archaeoptics make 3D models of some of our Stones? Shop now! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics
19/10/2023

Archaeoptics make 3D models of some of our Stones? Shop now! https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Archaeoptics

Very pleased to be able to share photos of a recent project for Tullie of a selection of artefacts found at Cumwhitton. Hereโ€™s a couple of pieces awaiting finishing by Blueaxe Reproductions!

  the Govan-Partick bridge towers over the site of an ancient Clyde fording point? This was before it was deepened and s...
18/10/2023

the Govan-Partick bridge towers over the site of an ancient Clyde fording point? This was before it was deepened and stone-lined during the Industrial Revolution. Future Govan Stones visitors will be able to travel the route of Strathclyde royalty from their Partick estate to Govan โ›ช๏ธ

Wow! Archaeoptics have 3D-printed us a high-contrast accessible handling copy of the Govan Warrior, the early medieval c...
17/10/2023

Wow! Archaeoptics have 3D-printed us a high-contrast accessible handling copy of the Govan Warrior, the early medieval carved stone found recently in our ancient churchyard.

โณ๏ธ We're only open until October 31st, then closed until April 1st, 2024*, so get here soon to see these!

*outwith our tourist season, visits to see the stones can be arranged via email: [email protected]

A wonderful talk about the Norse Kings of the Isle of Man by the delightful and illuminating Dr. Tim Clarkson, who then ...
15/10/2023

A wonderful talk about the Norse Kings of the Isle of Man by the delightful and illuminating Dr. Tim Clarkson, who then kindly gave his time for some fantastic questions from our large and erudite audience before signing legions of copies of his Birlinn Books!

Beautiful photo by Grave Sight Photography.

14/10/2023

The Govan-Partick Bridge is on our doorstep! Come see this modern marvel and also take in the Govan Stones - the museum is open now, with a FREE talk at 5pm from Dr. Tim Clarkson about 'The Norse Kings of the Isle of Man', followed by Tim signing copies of his Birlinn Books!

๐—ง๐—ข๐——๐—”๐—ฌ! 5๏ธโƒฃpm ๐Ÿ†“๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ Free Tim Clarkson talk: "๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐— ๐—”๐—ก"๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ–‹ Tim will also be signing copies of his ...
14/10/2023

๐—ง๐—ข๐——๐—”๐—ฌ! 5๏ธโƒฃpm ๐Ÿ†“๏ธ ๐Ÿ—ฃ Free Tim Clarkson talk: "๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ฆ๐—˜ ๐—ž๐—œ๐—ก๐—š๐—ฆ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—Ÿ๐—˜ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐— ๐—”๐—ก"

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ–‹ Tim will also be signing copies of his early medieval Birlinn Books.

Bonus longer opening: the Govan Stones will be open from 1pm until after the talk!

๐Ÿšจ The Govan-Partick Bridge is moving towards us again this morning! Come see it arriving and visit the Govan Stones.We'r...
14/10/2023

๐Ÿšจ The Govan-Partick Bridge is moving towards us again this morning! Come see it arriving and visit the Govan Stones.

We're open from 1pm until after a FREE talk from 5pm by Dr. Tim Clarkson on 'The Norse Kings of the Isle of Man'. Tim will also be signing copies of his early medieval books, which you can buy in our museum shop ๐Ÿ“š

https://www.vesselfinder.com/?imo=9688879

THIS SAT, see the Govan-Partick bridge *and* come to the museum at 5pm to hear Tim Clarkson talk about The Norse Kings o...
13/10/2023

THIS SAT, see the Govan-Partick bridge *and* come to the museum at 5pm to hear Tim Clarkson talk about The Norse Kings of the Isle of Man *and* sign Dr. Tim's books, which you can buy on the day. The talk is FREE! ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ—ฃ

Due to high winds, the Govan-Partick Bridge will be delayed until tomorrow (Saturday 14th) at the earliest - HeraldScotland

The Govan-Partick Bridge is just off Arran, with a hoped for delivery time in the early   ฬถmฬถeฬถdฬถiฬถeฬถvฬถaฬถlฬถ  ฬถafternoon!...
13/10/2023

The Govan-Partick Bridge is just off Arran, with a hoped for delivery time in the early ฬถmฬถeฬถdฬถiฬถeฬถvฬถaฬถlฬถ ฬถafternoon! VesselFinder has an *estimated* ETA of 13:30 today, ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

If you can't see it arrive, why not have a look tomorrow and take in our FREE talk at 5pm - it's by Dr. Tim Clarkson, and he's talking about The Norse Kings of the Isle of Man! Tim is also signing copies of his early medieval books, and you can buy a range of them on the day in our museum shop!

Our museum is open 1-4pm today and every day until October 31st. Free entry!

Bridge prep photos by Grave Sight Photography

Due to high winds, the Govan-Partick Bridge will be delayed until tomorrow (Saturday 14th) at the earliest - HeraldScotland

โฐ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ Come to Govan Old on Saturday 14th October at 5pm, to enjoy Dr. Tim Clarkson giving a FREE talk about the Norse King...
12/10/2023

โฐ๏ธ๐Ÿ“ Come to Govan Old on Saturday 14th October at 5pm, to enjoy Dr. Tim Clarkson giving a FREE talk about the Norse Kings of the Isle of Man *and* signing copies of his early medieval books ๐Ÿ—ฃ ๐Ÿ“š

No reservation required!

Copies of Tim's books will be available for sale.

๐Ÿ“ท Grave Sight Photography

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