Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard

Fairfield Heritage - the story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard Fairfield Heritage Centre, celebrating the history of the Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Co in Govan. Free entry, open Mon-Fri 1-4pm.
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For over 100 years Govan has been the centre of shipbuilding on the River Clyde. Here some of the finest, most luxurious liners, steamships and naval vessels were designed, built and launched. Today the former Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Company Offices on Govan Road still pay testament to its greatness. Voted one of Glasgow's most admired buildings, this iconic, A-listed edifice has been restored in a £6 million project to create a new shipbuilding Heritage Centre in the heart of Govan. Since 2011, our growing team of volunteers have been helping to research Govan's unique relationship with the shipbuilding industry. The result is a fantastic Heritage Centre, that tells the story of how Govan became the 'Shipbuildingest Burgh in the World' and the Fairfield Shipyard the lifeblood of a community. Please send any enquiries to our co-ordinator, Abigail Morris: [email protected]

18/11/2019
Secondsnark

Our speaker on Wednesday evening, Gavin Stewart is involved in this project to restore this 1938 tug built by Wm Denny & Son and will provide a very brief update at the end of his talk.

The Second Snark Preservation Society is restoring this historic 1938 ship to sailing condition.

Maritime historian Ian Johnston gave delegates from the UK Maritime Heritage Forum an overview of shipbuilding on the Cl...
15/11/2019

Maritime historian Ian Johnston gave delegates from the UK Maritime Heritage Forum an overview of shipbuilding on the Clyde during their visit to Fairfield Heritage. They were very impressed by the museum and building. It's well worth a visit!

Would anyone like to come along to this event? We still have spaces and look forward to welcoming you. See poster for de...
08/11/2019

Would anyone like to come along to this event? We still have spaces and look forward to welcoming you. See poster for details!

Fabulous talk from David Millar this week! And there are lots of great talks/screenings to come! All our events are curr...
18/10/2019

Fabulous talk from David Millar this week! And there are lots of great talks/screenings to come! All our events are currently free but we do rely on donations to assist with our running costs so please give something towards this if you come along. Please also cancel if you can no longer attend as this frees up much sought after places at these events. Look forward to seeing you here soon! The Fairfield Boardroom is a wonderful venue and we enjoy sharing it with our visitors.

The Fairfield Heritage squad can't wait to be on site representing Govan shipbuilding history at this wonderful LOST GLA...
10/10/2019

The Fairfield Heritage squad can't wait to be on site representing Govan shipbuilding history at this wonderful LOST GLASGOW talk! See you all at Govan Old! 🚢

GOVAN GIVES UP ITS GHOSTS...

We're THRILLED to announce a one-off evening event with Lost Glasgow and Glasgow Building Preservation Trust at Govan Old Parish Church - 'Good God in Govan! - Stones, Bones, Boats & More!'

Thursday October 17th - 7pm!

All talks, tours and refreshments are free with donations gratefully accepted at the door on a pay as you like basis. All proceeds collected will contribute to the Govan Stones conservation and redevelopment project!

The talk starts at 7pm, with tours and refreshments available from 6:30pm! SEE YOU THERE!

more info/ book a seat here 👇https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-god-in-govan-stones-bones-boats-and-more-tickets-75825342641

Fairfield Heritage has a great line-up of events this Autumn/Winter. Please book a seat via eventbrite and we'll look fo...
07/10/2019

Fairfield Heritage has a great line-up of events this Autumn/Winter. Please book a seat via eventbrite and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

Primary school children at Fairfield Heritage learning about local shipbuilding history before tackling their school top...
07/10/2019

Primary school children at Fairfield Heritage learning about local shipbuilding history before tackling their school topic Titanic. Contact [email protected] for more info on our workshops.

Please note "The Rebirth of the Clyde" talk on 2nd October at Fairfield Heritage has been cancelled. The booked places w...
30/09/2019

Please note "The Rebirth of the Clyde" talk on 2nd October at Fairfield Heritage has been cancelled. The booked places were cancelled some time ago. This is just a reminder! Please check eventbrite for other forthcoming events. We look forward to seeing you soon!

S.S. Keewatin
29/09/2019

S.S. Keewatin

Now we move to the other side! Port side of KEEWATIN is done and Monday the painters move to the starboard side over the water. The new paint job was accomplished after all the paint was scraped from the steel and a new "two part" primer used that should guarantee years of ware. Should have news on the storm deck completion and life boat return soon!

S.S. Keewatin
26/09/2019

S.S. Keewatin

Captain Claude with his handy work. The lights are marked
H. HARVIE, 24 McALPINE St. Glasgow, Scotland. Pat 1884. serial # 48-073/41884 . Look at the size!!Originally on KEEWATIN until the 1920 from what we can get from the logs.

Looking for something to do this September weekend? Fairfield Heritage is open on Friday and Monday 1-4pm. Look forward ...
26/09/2019

Looking for something to do this September weekend? Fairfield Heritage is open on Friday and Monday 1-4pm. Look forward to welcoming you!

Making lolly-stick catapults?! Sign us up! 🆓🎉 #GDODF30
22/09/2019

Making lolly-stick catapults?! Sign us up! 🆓🎉 #GDODF30

🎉 FREE FUN TODAY AT THE GOVAN STONES 🎉

✍️ Make a manuscript with a real quill and ink!

⚔️ Make a mini pom-pom catapult!

🎨 Paint your own Viking battle shield!

All FREE! 10am - 5pm. See you there! 🆓🆓🆓

🚢 Grab yer flatcap and let's get building! Head over to Fairfield this afternoon to take on our family friendly shipbuil...
22/09/2019

🚢 Grab yer flatcap and let's get building! Head over to Fairfield this afternoon to take on our family friendly shipbuilding challenges! Do YOU have what it takes to win a 'Fairfield Apprentice' medal?!

TODAY ONLY, get a sneak peek around the hidden parts of the historic Fairfield shipyard offices for Doors Open Sunday. See you there! 10am-4pm. 🎉

Come and join in the family fun at Fairfield Heritage! We're open until 4pm today. You can build a ship, complete a chal...
21/09/2019

Come and join in the family fun at Fairfield Heritage! We're open until 4pm today. You can build a ship, complete a challenge and win a medal!

🎥 SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS 🎥Scotland's Oscar winning film shows for free at Fairfield this week, Tuesday - Friday aftern...
16/09/2019

🎥 SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS 🎥

Scotland's Oscar winning film shows for free at Fairfield this week, Tuesday - Friday afternoon to celebrate #DoorsOpenFestival. No booking necessary! 👇

For Doors Open Days we have special permission from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive to screen the Oscar winning film "Seawards the Great Ships” from 1961 in our beautiful board room. Come along Monday 16th to Friday 20th or Sunday 22nd at 2pm for this special event 📽️🍿 #GDODF2019

Photo courtesy of the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive.

Have you ever wanted to see one of the Drawing Offices at Fairfield? You'll be able to see in some of the now private ar...
16/09/2019

Have you ever wanted to see one of the Drawing Offices at Fairfield? You'll be able to see in some of the now private areas of the building on this Saturday and Sunday (10am - 4pm) as part of Doors Open. Don't miss this opportunity!

Have you ever wanted to see one of the Drawing Offices at Fairfield? You'll be able to see in some of the now private ar...
16/09/2019

Have you ever wanted to see one of the Drawing Offices at Fairfield? You'll be able to see in some of the now private areas of the building on this Saturday and Sunday (10am - 4pm) as part of Doors Open. Don't miss this opportunity!

13/09/2019

GUESS WHAT! Glasgow Doors Open Days starts Monday! I know I know, you can’t wait. Don’t worry though, you don’t all need to rush at once. We’re open every day 10am until 4pm until the 22nd 😃

#GDODF30

🚢 GET A SNEAK PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES! 🚢Next week it's YOUR chance to take a look around the parts of the historic Fairfi...
12/09/2019

🚢 GET A SNEAK PEEK BEHIND THE SCENES! 🚢

Next week it's YOUR chance to take a look around the parts of the historic Fairfield shipyard office building that aren't normally open to the public!

Come along during the DOORS OPEN FESTIVAL and see behind the scenes of the place where shipbuilding history was made...

We'll be throwing the doors open for you to explore from 10am until 4pm every day between Mon Sept 16th and Sun Sept 22nd!

The week is packed full of exciting FREE activity that you can check out here 👇

Building access and heritage tours: https://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/fairfield.html

Film screenings 'SEAWARDS THE GREAT SHIPS':
https://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/film-screening-and-shipbuilding-museum-tour.html

'Building a Ship' family activities (Saturday):
https://www.glasgowdoorsopendays.org.uk/building-a-ship.html

See you there! 🚢

09/09/2019

The countdown for Glasgow Doors Open Days 2019 is truly on. Only ONE WEEK to go! I hope you’re doing a better job of containing your excitement than I am, I don‘t know how much more of this I can take... #GDODF30

06/09/2019

Fairfield Heritage is open this Saturday (7th) and next Saturday (14th) 1-4pm. Please visit. Our lovely volunteers are opening up for you.

We have some fantastic workshops for upper primary students. Pupils can learn about scale and basic technical drawing by...
04/09/2019

We have some fantastic workshops for upper primary students. Pupils can learn about scale and basic technical drawing by assembling a full-scale frame of a ship, or they can meet a shipyard worker and reenact exciting moments in the rent strikes. Get in touch to learn more!

For Doors Open Days we have special permission from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive to screen th...
04/09/2019

For Doors Open Days we have special permission from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive to screen the Oscar winning film "Seawards the Great Ships” from 1961 in our beautiful board room. Come along Monday 16th to Friday 20th or Sunday 22nd at 2pm for this special event 📽️🍿 #GDODF2019

Photo courtesy of the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive.

03/09/2019

Only TWO WEEKS until Glasgow Doors Open Days 2019 starts and you’ll be able to visit us between 10am and 4pm ANY DAY OF THE WEEK! What more can I say than...

#GDODF30

Tied to your desk during the week? Remember we're open this Saturday 1-4pm.
03/09/2019

Tied to your desk during the week? Remember we're open this Saturday 1-4pm.

🎉 IT'S GREAT BIG HERITAGE BUS TOUR DAY! 🎉Pop in to Fairfield for fun activities until 4pm today!🚢 Make your own Claymati...
31/08/2019

🎉 IT'S GREAT BIG HERITAGE BUS TOUR DAY! 🎉

Pop in to Fairfield for fun activities until 4pm today!

🚢 Make your own Claymation movie!
🚢 Beat the Rough Seas movie quiz!
🚢 Meet a time-travelling 1950's character!
🚢 Get hands on with real museum artefacts!
🚢 Design and make a sealife creature friend!

🆓🆓🆓 See you there! 🆓🆓🆓

Tomorrow is the Great Big Heritage Bus Tour! Can you recite the Poseidon Adventure word for word? Is there nothing you d...
30/08/2019

Tomorrow is the Great Big Heritage Bus Tour! Can you recite the Poseidon Adventure word for word? Is there nothing you don't know about Titanic? Come along to this fantastic free event and hop off at Fairfield to try to beat our 'Rough Seas’ movie quiz!

28/08/2019

OMG the 30th anniversary of Glasgow Doors Open Days is shaping up fantastically and we’re so excited to be part of it! You’ll be able to visit us easier than ever because we’ll be open 10am until 4pm Monday to Sunday AND you can take part in one of our walking tours! #GDODF30

27/08/2019

Always wanted to get hands on with old shipbuilding tools and find out what it was like to work at a shipyard when they were in their heyday? Come along to our object handling session at the fascinating @riversidemuseum on Thursday 1:30-4pm

Feeling creative? Come along this Saturday for Fairfield's FREE 1950s movie event as part of the Great Big Heritage Bus ...
26/08/2019

Feeling creative? Come along this Saturday for Fairfield's FREE 1950s movie event as part of the Great Big Heritage Bus Tour! Hop off the bus and help us create a ‘claymation' animated film and make dramatic movie posters!

It’s just over a week until the amazing Great Big Heritage Bus Tour on the 31st of August and we’re so excited for the s...
23/08/2019

It’s just over a week until the amazing Great Big Heritage Bus Tour on the 31st of August and we’re so excited for the special 1950s cinema event we have planned! Come and get hands on with rare vintage cinema objects and test your movie knowledge in our ‘Rough Seas’ quiz!

The Great Big Heritage Bus Tour bus timetables! Look forward to seeing you!
23/08/2019

The Great Big Heritage Bus Tour bus timetables! Look forward to seeing you!

Get EXCITED because it’s nearly time for Glasgow’s Great Big Heritage Bus Tour 2019, and this year’s theme is MOVIES, TV...
22/08/2019

Get EXCITED because it’s nearly time for Glasgow’s Great Big Heritage Bus Tour 2019, and this year’s theme is MOVIES, TV AND THEATRE! 🍿📽
On Saturday 31st August a fleet of beautiful vintage Glasgow double-decker buses will be riding around Glasgow for free, picking up and dropping off at all of this year's participating museums. Each museum on the route has planned lots of fun, FREE movie and tv themed activities!

Hop off the bus at Fairfield to explore Glasgow’s 1950s cinema heyday! Get hands on with real museum objects from Glasgow's vintage cinemas and try your hand at making a claymation film scene, just like the special effects from Jason and the Argonauts! Meet a time-travelling Glasgow usherette, fresh from a shift at the Lyceum in 1954, and try out lots of fun movie themed arts and crafts. Before you hop back on the bus, don’t forget to check out Fairfield's shipbuilding museum to explore a time when Glasgow shipyards were designing and building the fastest ships in the world!

Did you know that we can organise workshops for upper primary school children? Through fun activities, students can lear...
22/08/2019

Did you know that we can organise workshops for upper primary school children? Through fun activities, students can learn about the history of shipbuilding on the Clyde, the social history of Govan, the roles of women and the changes brought about by World War 1.

We’re getting ready for Glasgow Doors Open Days between the 16th and 22nd September. There are going to be so many fanta...
21/08/2019

We’re getting ready for Glasgow Doors Open Days between the 16th and 22nd September. There are going to be so many fantastic things to do but we hope we’re on your list! We’ll be open 10am until 4pm Monday to Sunday and running walking tours of Govan. We can’t wait! #GDODF30

This is our fantastic volunteer Alastair, a true font of knowledge about the history of shipbuilding and Govan. He's par...
20/08/2019

This is our fantastic volunteer Alastair, a true font of knowledge about the history of shipbuilding and Govan. He's part of our family history research group, he leads walking tours, gives talks and you can see him at our object handling session at @riversidemuseum next Thursday

On the 31st of August Fairfield is taking you back in time to Glasgow’s cinema heyday as part of the Great Big Heritage ...
19/08/2019

On the 31st of August Fairfield is taking you back in time to Glasgow’s cinema heyday as part of the Great Big Heritage Bus Tour. Get hands on with rare vintage cinema objects! Contribute frames to a ‘claymation' animated film! Make dramatic movie posters! Beat our movie quiz!

Today's lovely walking group. They braved the initial drizzle to learn about the history of Govan only to be rewarded wi...
16/08/2019

Today's lovely walking group. They braved the initial drizzle to learn about the history of Govan only to be rewarded with some lovely sunshine. If you wish you'd been one of them, we've still got a few spaces left on our tour at 1pm on Monday

http://ow.ly/whOK50vzv94

16/08/2019

The forecast is looking pretty dreich for the weekend. If you can tempt yourself out of hibernation and you want a good indoors activity, come and visit us! We're open 1-4pm

📢 DID YOU KNOW that Fairfield Heritage shipbuilding museum is open on SATURDAYS this summer!                 ☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀...
16/08/2019

📢 DID YOU KNOW that Fairfield Heritage shipbuilding museum is open on SATURDAYS this summer!

☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️☀️

Visit for FREE between 1pm and 4pm to explore life in the yards AND find out how historic Govan came to produce the fastest ships in the world! 🌍🚢 #Govan #Shipbuilding

Welcome back Mr S!!
14/08/2019

Welcome back Mr S!!

Back in my old work BAE Systems Maritime at Govan Shipyard today for the ceremonial cutting of the first steel plate on what will be the second Type 26 Class Frigate, HMS Cardiff. Great to see the modernisation work that has taken place, and my old 3D visualisation project being well used.

Also fantastic to catch up with former colleagues as we toured the impressive pace of block assembly on the first Type 26, HMS Glasgow in the Ship Block & Outfit Hall. Great to see this world-leading complex shipbuilding project taking shape at last, after so much effort in design.

Meet our wonderful guide Tristan. If you come to visit us on a Friday he'll show you around and impress you with all of ...
06/08/2019

Meet our wonderful guide Tristan. If you come to visit us on a Friday he'll show you around and impress you with all of his amazing knowledge about shipbuilding and its trade unions. He might even show you some of his badge collection that he is preparing for display
#volunteers

02/08/2019

Our walking tours have been proving so popular we have added new dates. If you want to learn more about the history of Govan and shipbuilding on the Clyde you'd better get in there fast before they sell out again! http://ow.ly/1WLp50vlx5x

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
Glasgow
G51 4XS

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
Thursday 13:00 - 16:00
Friday 13:00 - 16:00

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