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 Β£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]

If you don't have a copy of this marvellous publication on your coffee table by now it's high time you did! However, I'm...
23/02/2020

If you don't have a copy of this marvellous publication on your coffee table by now it's high time you did! However, I'm sure after Emily Malcolm's presentation this coming Wednesday 26th February at 6pm you will be rushing away to get yours!
Emily will be talking about the Catalogue and the history of the collection.
Tickets via Eventbrite but in great demand.
I've included three photos of Elder/Fairfield built ships from the Catalogue pages but these can't really do them justice.

πŸŽ‰ Window Wanderland fun at Fairfield tonight! πŸ†“Pop in for a warming cup of tea and shipbuilding themed activities! 🎨🚒🚒🚒 ...
22/02/2020

πŸŽ‰ Window Wanderland fun at Fairfield tonight! πŸ†“

Pop in for a warming cup of tea and shipbuilding themed activities! 🎨

🚒🚒🚒 #govan

1961 built cable ship ALERT later CS ALERT based on the Clyde until the end of the 70s maybe later when moved to Southam...
22/02/2020

1961 built cable ship ALERT later CS ALERT based on the Clyde until the end of the 70s maybe later when moved to Southampton

21/02/2020

πŸŽ† GOVAN'S FIRST EVER WINDOW WANDERLAND TOMORROW! πŸŽ†

Drop in to Fairfield Heritage where we'll be having fun with FREE activities like:

☸️ Make colourful ship's porthole badges!

πŸ‘» Design a disappearing ghost ship!

🎨 Colourful arts & crafts!

🀩 All between 6pm & 9pm! 🀩 #govan 🚒

ORSV TOISA INTREPID at Greenock on trials.
21/02/2020

ORSV TOISA INTREPID at Greenock on trials.

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
20/02/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

Always loved the Govan Shipbuilders' ship logo.....
15/02/2020

Always loved the Govan Shipbuilders' ship logo.....

πŸ†• Dr Valerie Wright remembers a much admired research participant and celebrates Fairfield's recently launched oral hist...
14/02/2020

πŸ†• Dr Valerie Wright remembers a much admired research participant and celebrates Fairfield's recently launched oral history resource:

"I am so happy with how this #oralhistory resource has turned out. Thanks to Abigail at Fairfield for all of her hard work in organising. This is a particularly important 'output' for me as Brian Glen who features sadly passed away late last year."

"I only had the pleasure of meeting up with Brian a few times (including interviewing him), but he was a lovely, thoughtful man who told me about his life both in and outside work with humour and emotion."

"This is why, for me, oral history is so important."

"Now we can all hear Brian's voice and in years to come he will be remembered beyond those that knew and loved him - his immediate family, friends, co-workers and neighbours."

"So if you are interested in what it was like to work in a Glasgow shipyard in the post-war years - give the resource a wee listen." πŸ‘‡

http://www.fairfieldgovan.co.uk/heritage/history/fairfield-oral-history-resource University of Stirling

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
13/02/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her ...
12/02/2020
The latest on the Waverley!

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!

Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and news on the future of the vessel!

Please join us for a tea/coffee from 1.30pm then at 2pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom for this talk by Iain Quinn.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-latest-on-the-waverley-tickets-86907339191?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and latest news on progress!

Springburn's brilliant Saheliya group visited Fairfield to hear how the Govan community rescued the historic Fairfield b...
11/02/2020

Springburn's brilliant Saheliya group visited Fairfield to hear how the Govan community rescued the historic Fairfield building! πŸ›οΈ

Thanks to the group's creativity, we ended up with roughly one million new ideas for local activities - thanks Saheliya! πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ #govan Saheliya

πŸŒ‰ Public info sessions tomorrow on the new Govan-Partick bridge. Anyone welcome to drop in if you'd like to see how the ...
10/02/2020

πŸŒ‰ Public info sessions tomorrow on the new Govan-Partick bridge. Anyone welcome to drop in if you'd like to see how the project is progressing. #govan πŸ‘‡

Take a Virtual Reality tour of - and find out more about - the forthcoming Glasgow City Deal pedestrian / cyclist Partick-Govan bridge tomorrow at the Riverside Museum (10am - noon) and Govan Cross Shopping Centre (2 - 4pm).

07/02/2020

πŸ₯³ Happy 90th birthday to Fairfield Heritage volunteer extraordinaire and all round hero Flora Pagan! πŸŽ‚

If you're lucky enough to bump into Flora on duty as a guide at Fairfield Heritage, you'll get the chance to chat to someone with an absolutely encyclopedic knowledge of Govan's local history and people!

Fairfield couldn't be what it is today without the energy and talents contributed by volunteers like Flora - so from all at Fairfield Heritage, HAPPY BIRTHDAY FLORA! πŸŽ‰

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
06/02/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

πŸ“½οΈπŸΏ A full house in the Fairfield Shipyard boardroom right now for SHARING MARITIME MEMORIES! Huge Fairfield thanks to S...
05/02/2020

πŸ“½οΈπŸΏ A full house in the Fairfield Shipyard boardroom right now for SHARING MARITIME MEMORIES! Huge Fairfield thanks to Scotland's Moving Image Archive and The National Library of Scotland for this screening packed with amazing archive footage! 🚒 #govan

Wednesday Feb 26th - FREE Fairfield event!Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology at the Riverside Museum is go...
31/01/2020
Glasgow Museums - The Ship Models

Wednesday Feb 26th - FREE Fairfield event!

Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology at the Riverside Museum is going to talk about the recent publication on the Glasgow Museums’ Ship Model Collection. This ranges from elegant transatlantic liners to humble Clyde puffers, and from simple half-hull designs to magnificent display models. Some of the most famous ships launched on the Clyde are represented, such as RMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Hood, as well models of historically significant vessels such as the first European passenger steamer Comet and the world’s first commercial turbine-powered vessel King Edward. Come and find out more about the significance and history of the collection, based around Glasgow Museums’ new catalogue of the collection.

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the event starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glasgow-museums-the-ship-models-tickets-87693970025

Glasgow Museums - The Ship Models

🚒✍️ Wonder what ship designs these 1960's Fairfield draughtsmen were working on...
30/01/2020

🚒✍️ Wonder what ship designs these 1960's Fairfield draughtsmen were working on...

Some photos of staff in the ship drawing office in the late 60’s.

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
30/01/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

😍 Keep yer eyes peeled for special Window Wanderland magic gracing Fairfield Heritage too! We can't wait to see Govan's ...
29/01/2020

😍 Keep yer eyes peeled for special Window Wanderland magic gracing Fairfield Heritage too! We can't wait to see Govan's creativity on full display 🎨

Get involved with the fun at windowwanderland.com πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

The Govan Stones bagged a spot as a stop off point for Govan's FIRST EVER community Window Wanderland! 😍

πŸŽ† On Sat 22nd Feb, a magical walking trail will light up the streets of Central Govan! Get involved at home and find creative window ideas at windowwanderland.com

πŸ‘‡ Make Do & Grow's brilliant stained-glass inspired artwork of local hero Mary Barbour in statue mode! #Govan

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her ...
29/01/2020
The latest on the Waverley!

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!

Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and news on the future of the vessel!

Please join us for a tea/coffee from 1.30pm then at 2pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom for this talk by Iain Quinn.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-latest-on-the-waverley-tickets-86907339191?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and latest news on progress!

Kevin Collins kindly send in this photo to share. It was taken by one of the crane drivers in the 1980s.
29/01/2020

Kevin Collins kindly send in this photo to share. It was taken by one of the crane drivers in the 1980s.

Fairfield remembers those who lost their lives in the the K13 Submarine disaster.On January 29th 1917, the K13 submarine...
29/01/2020

Fairfield remembers those who lost their lives in the the K13 Submarine disaster.

On January 29th 1917, the K13 submarine sank in the Gareloch during routine diving trials. The lives of 26 sailors and 6 Fairfield men were tragically lost.

One member of the Fairfield rescue team deployed to assist the Navy in their attempts to reach the submerged K13 was shipwright Thomas Grant Dey. Today at the Fairfield Heritage visitor centre you can view Tom’s first-hand account of the K13 disaster and rescue mission in his hand-written diary, as well as a letter received from King George V expressing his gratitude for the rescue efforts that saved the lives of 46 men trapped inside the submerged K13.

In Elder Park, two minutes from the door of Fairfield Heritage stands the K13 memorial erected by the staff of Fairfield Shipyard to commemorate those 26 lives lost on January 29th 1917.

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event! 'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'Clyde shipbuilding industry ve...
23/01/2020
Clyde Connections from America to Nuclear Power

Wed March 25th - FREE Fairfield event!

'Clyde Connections - From America to Nuclear Power'

Clyde shipbuilding industry veteran Alastair Hart talks through some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships!

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the talk starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clyde-connections-from-america-to-nuclear-power-tickets-86107863939?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The diversity of Clyde shipyards' engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years.

Excerpts from Interviews with ex-Fairfield shipyard workers conducted by Dr. Valerie Wright, the interviews are taken fr...
20/01/2020
Fairfield Oral History Resource

Excerpts from Interviews with ex-Fairfield shipyard workers conducted by Dr. Valerie Wright, the interviews are taken from a collection of oral history life narrative interviews which were conducted in 2017.

Interviews with ex-Fairfield shipyard workers taken from a collection of oral history life narrative interviews which were conducted in 2017 as part of the Leverhulme funded project β€˜Employment, Politics and Culture in Scotland 1955-2015’ (RPG-2016-283) based in Economic and Social History at th...

Wednesday Feb 26th - FREE Fairfield event!Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology at the Riverside Museum is go...
17/01/2020
Glasgow Museums - The Ship Models

Wednesday Feb 26th - FREE Fairfield event!

Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology at the Riverside Museum is going to talk about the recent publication on the Glasgow Museums’ Ship Model Collection. This ranges from elegant transatlantic liners to humble Clyde puffers, and from simple half-hull designs to magnificent display models. Some of the most famous ships launched on the Clyde are represented, such as RMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Hood, as well models of historically significant vessels such as the first European passenger steamer Comet and the world’s first commercial turbine-powered vessel King Edward. Come and find out more about the significance and history of the collection, based around Glasgow Museums’ new catalogue of the collection.

Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or a cuppa from 5.30pm before the event starts at 6pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/glasgow-museums-the-ship-models-tickets-87693970025

Glasgow Museums - The Ship Models

🎟️ The Big Picnic Returned to Govan πŸŽ₯The Fairfield boardroom was packed to the rafters last night for a rare screening o...
16/01/2020

🎟️ The Big Picnic Returned to Govan πŸŽ₯

The Fairfield boardroom was packed to the rafters last night for a rare screening of Bill Bryden's 1994 play 'The Big Picnic'. We'd like to say a huge Fairfield thank you to all in attendance, especially the play's producer, Ed Crozier, who very kindly came along to introduce the screening.

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her ...
15/01/2020
The latest on the Waverley!

Wednesday March 11th - FREE Fairfield event!

Book a ticket to hear all about the latest on Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and news on the future of the vessel!

Please join us for a tea/coffee from 1.30pm then at 2pm in Fairfield's magnificent Boardroom for this talk by Iain Quinn.

Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-latest-on-the-waverley-tickets-86907339191?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Paddle Steamer Waverley - her preservation, boiler appeal success and latest news on progress!

Commemorating Glasgow's Fireboats -NEW Fairfield Ship Model Display!When Glasgow was one of the busiest marine ports in ...
14/01/2020

Commemorating Glasgow's Fireboats -NEW Fairfield Ship Model Display!

When Glasgow was one of the busiest marine ports in the United Kingdom, fire fighting boats such as the 'St Mungo', provided a crucial service to the city.

The most famous and powerful of Glasgow's fireboats, the St Mungo (built by Hugh McLean & Sons in Renfrew) attended many fires from its berth at Glasgow's Marine Station, including the tragic Cheapside Disaster of 1960.

As the city's use of the River Clyde changed through the years, fireboats like the 'St Mungo' were deemed surplus to requirement, and eventually retired by 1975, when the Strathclyde Fire Brigade was formed.

Lovingly restored by the Scottish Fire Heritage Group and several retired members of the Glasgow Fire Service, a commemorative ship model of Glasgow's 'St Mungo' fireboat is now on display at Fairfield Heritage!

You can view the St Mungo ship model and learn more about the River Clyde's shipbuilding story at Fairfield Heritage for FREE, Monday - Friday, 1pm - 4pm.

The Fairfield Heritage team can heartily recommend booking a space on this FREE Open Museums resource for running remini...
13/01/2020

The Fairfield Heritage team can heartily recommend booking a space on this FREE Open Museums resource for running reminiscence sessions.

We had a brilliant time exploring Glasgow's astonishing artefact collection & learned so much useful info about working with older groups!

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Would you like to know more about what Glasgow Museums can offer for older people’s groups? Come along to our free Museums & Older People training. https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/museums-older-people-free-training-for-staff-and-volunteers-working-with-older-people-in-glasgow

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From 1991
From about 1991 I think
a friend of mine some time ago worked as a tracer in the drawing office her name Margaret Hammond, iwonder how or where she is now can you help stewart martin email [email protected] many thanks
Dated 05/12 /74. Planning department night out. From left to right: unknown, Jack Lawrie, Mervyn Spencer, Andy ?, Willie Hamilton, Bobby Laverty and John Johnston.
Some photos of staff in the ship drawing office in the late 60’s.
Enjoyed the walking tour this afternoon. Nice to discover a little about what I just drive past too often. Didn't have time to come into the centre afterwards but if there's a shipyard tour again soon, then I hope to make time for that. Many thanks to the guides.
Firstly, it was part of our Heritage & should never be forgotten. It must be there to educate the young on what existed, the ships, the workers & the struggles.
Gerald Booth look at this granda xx
My dad worked at Fairfields as either a shipwright or a structural engineer.
A regular litter picking group like "Friends Of The River Kelvin " except along the River Clyde would be a great initiative to see put in place. I do what I can to pick litter along it. But with more willing volunteers "Many Hnds Make Light Work!"