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. For over 100 years Govan has been the centre of shipbuilding on the River Clyde.
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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]

Operating as usual

Union-Castle's passenger ship TINTAGEL CASTLE which was launched from the yard on September 12th 1896.
11/09/2020

Union-Castle's passenger ship TINTAGEL CASTLE which was launched from the yard on September 12th 1896.

⭐️ #ThrowbackThursday to a lovely Fairfield blog-post from Project Ability. This post follows their 2016 walking-group v...
10/09/2020
Walking Group - Week 10: Fairfield Heritage Centre - Project Ability

⭐️ #ThrowbackThursday to a lovely Fairfield blog-post from Project Ability. This post follows their 2016 walking-group visit to tour the restored Fairfield Shipyard Office building!

In these wonderful photos, keep an eye out for the various different Mary Barbour statue scale models which were once in the running to take pride of place at Govan Cross! #govan #marybarbour

https://www.project-ability.co.uk/blog/walking-group-week-10-fairfield-heritage-centre/

Our walking group took a trip to Govan last week to visit the Fairfield Heritage Centre. Set in the recently restored Fairfield Shipbuilding Offices, the museum holds a collection of interesting pieces that pay tribute to the history of shipbuilding...Read On

NORSEA, the biggest and most prestigious passenger ship built on the Clyde since QE2 was launched  on September 9th 1986...
09/09/2020

NORSEA, the biggest and most prestigious passenger ship built on the Clyde since QE2 was launched on September 9th 1986.

Heading out on trials the Cardiff Class bulk carrier Cinchona for the East Asiatic Company launched  on September 9th 19...
08/09/2020

Heading out on trials the Cardiff Class bulk carrier Cinchona for the East Asiatic Company launched on September 9th 1975.

The  yard launched the passenger liner Campania for Cunard on September 8th 1892.
08/09/2020

The yard launched the passenger liner Campania for Cunard on September 8th 1892.

The first of the two Shell Venezuela tankers Shell Aramare was launched from the  yard on September 8th 1959.She famousl...
08/09/2020

The first of the two Shell Venezuela tankers Shell Aramare was launched from the yard on September 8th 1959.
She famously opens the award winning film Seawards The Great Ships.

🗣️ Well, that's the David Elder statue fully health and safety compliant! The team at Artronix have taken a break from d...
07/09/2020

🗣️ Well, that's the David Elder statue fully health and safety compliant!

The team at Artronix have taken a break from dreaming up super cool science, tech and engineering activities to mass produce face shields for the NHS, care workers and community groups!

🎉 Thanks to Artronix & Govan Housing Association, both Fairfield Heritage and The Govan Stones Project have each received a face shield donation to help us resume community volunteering activities! 🎉 #govan

The first launch at Govan under the Kvaerner banner, the LPG tanker HELICE which went into the water on September 7th 19...
06/09/2020

The first launch at Govan under the Kvaerner banner, the LPG tanker HELICE which went into the water on September 7th 1990.

Govan Shipbuilders' 1976 built Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II which as Well Speeder foundered off Mauritius on S...
06/09/2020

Govan Shipbuilders' 1976 built Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II which as Well Speeder foundered off Mauritius on September 6th 1999. All her crew were saved.

Norddeutscher Lloyd's passenger ship Lahn launched from the  yard on September 6th 1887. This is her model in the Board ...
06/09/2020

Norddeutscher Lloyd's passenger ship Lahn launched from the yard on September 6th 1887. This is her model in the Board Room

The 1961 Fairfield built Laker Leecliffe Hall which sank in the St Lawrence River on September 5th 1964 following a coll...
04/09/2020

The 1961 Fairfield built Laker Leecliffe Hall which sank in the St Lawrence River on September 5th 1964 following a collision with a Greek general cargo ship. Sadly 3 of her crew lost their lives when after having abandoned the partially sunken ship they reboarded and were trapped when she eventually sank.
Her wreck was eventually dynamited to clear the channel.

🚢 HAPPY NEWS FROM FAIRFIELD HERITAGE - Emergency funding secured!A MASSIVE thanks from Govan Workspace to all #NationalL...
04/09/2020

🚢 HAPPY NEWS FROM FAIRFIELD HERITAGE - Emergency funding secured!

A MASSIVE thanks from Govan Workspace to all #NationalLottery players out there for making it possible for us to receive today an Emergency Award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund that will help overcome the setbacks of the Covid crisis and ensure our important heritage work in Govan not only stays alive but continues to grow! 🎉

The Fairfield Heitage team could not be more grateful to The National Lottery and National Lottery Heritage Fund for this investment in Govan's efforts to protect and celebrate our world-class shipbuilding heritage.

#Thankstoyou @TheNationalLotteryUK @HeritageFundUK 💥

The horrors of war were brought home to everyone so early on September 3rd 1939 when within hours of Britain declaring w...
03/09/2020

The horrors of war were brought home to everyone so early on September 3rd 1939 when within hours of Britain declaring war on Germany the 1923 Fairfield built Donaldson passenger liner Athenia was torpedoed and sunk 200 miles West of the Hebrides with the loss of 128 lives.
The survivors were landed at Greenock amongst much confusion as to how to deal with them. Sadly as War progressed this was to be an all too familiar sight on the Clyde.

HMS Maori, Tribal Class destroyer launched from the  yard on September 2nd 1937.
01/09/2020

HMS Maori, Tribal Class destroyer launched from the yard on September 2nd 1937.

Greek Mediterranean cruise vessel HERMES built at the  yard in 1930 as Canadian Pacific's PRINCESS JOAN and latterly an ...
28/08/2020

Greek Mediterranean cruise vessel HERMES built at the yard in 1930 as Canadian Pacific's PRINCESS JOAN and latterly an accommodation vessel at Loch Kishorn arrived at Inverkeithing on August 29th 1974 for scrapping.

Staying at Govan, the yard launched LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE, the Union Castle passenger liner on August 29th 1913.
28/08/2020

Staying at Govan, the yard launched LLANSTEPHAN CASTLE, the Union Castle passenger liner on August 29th 1913.

HMS HOWE commissioned at Rosyth on 29th August 1942.
28/08/2020

HMS HOWE commissioned at Rosyth on 29th August 1942.

Canadian Pacific liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA launched from the yard on 28th August 1912.Her model from the previous Model Ca...
27/08/2020

Canadian Pacific liner EMPRESS OF RUSSIA launched from the yard on 28th August 1912.
Her model from the previous Model Catalogue produced when the Clyde Room opened at Kelvin Hall. The model is at the Nitshill store.

Complementing earlier posting; some SEA LAUNCH COMMANDER  bits and pieces
22/08/2020

Complementing earlier posting; some SEA LAUNCH COMMANDER bits and pieces

Kuwaiti Ibn Jubayr launched on August 19th 1977
19/08/2020

Kuwaiti Ibn Jubayr launched on August 19th 1977

British Commodore or British Commodory as the old Fairfield worker related launched from there on August 18th 1966.
18/08/2020

British Commodore or British Commodory as the old Fairfield worker related launched from there on August 18th 1966.

Empress of Canada, Canadian Pacific passenger liner launched from the  yard on August 17th 1920.
16/08/2020

Empress of Canada, Canadian Pacific passenger liner launched from the yard on August 17th 1920.

Empress of Canada, Canadian Pacific passenger liner launched from the  yard on August 17th 1920.
16/08/2020

Empress of Canada, Canadian Pacific passenger liner launched from the yard on August 17th 1920.

Bibby Line's passenger vessel WARWICKSHIRE launched from the  yard on August 14th 1947. This is the photo of course in t...
13/08/2020

Bibby Line's passenger vessel WARWICKSHIRE launched from the yard on August 14th 1947. This is the photo of course in the corridor leading to the Boardroom

13/08/2020

AUGUST UPDATE - Fairfield Heritage

Given evolving public health considerations, the Fairfield Heritage team have taken a difficult decision to postpone public access to the Fairfield Heritage visitor centre for the remainder of this year, subject to review in January 2021.

Throughout the coming months the Fairfield Heritage squad will be working towards an action-packed re-opening for next year (fingers-crossed 🤞). We look forward to seeing you soon!

TRANSYLVANIA the Anchor liner built at the  yard in 1925 which was torpedoed off Ireland on August 10th 1940 when acting...
09/08/2020

TRANSYLVANIA the Anchor liner built at the yard in 1925 which was torpedoed off Ireland on August 10th 1940 when acting as an Armed Merchant Cruiser. She was taken in tow but later sank. 48 people lost their lives.
Sadly her predecessor suffered the same fate in 1917 during WW1.

The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Works From Strathclyde Regional Archives.
09/08/2020

The Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Works
From Strathclyde Regional Archives.

HMS Delight, Fairfield built destroyer completed in 1933 which on July 29th 1940 was sunk by aerial bombing. She had lef...
28/07/2020

HMS Delight, Fairfield built destroyer completed in 1933 which on July 29th 1940 was sunk by aerial bombing. She had left Portland Harbour in daylight apparently against orders and was attacked by 16 German aircraft 20 miles off Portland Bill. A bomb struck her bow which caused a major fire and a subsequent explosion. She sank later that evening with the loss of 6 lives. The wreck is now a Protected Area.

An early morning launch to take advantage of deep water for the LPG tanker Havfrost on July 16th 1991.
15/07/2020

An early morning launch to take advantage of deep water for the LPG tanker Havfrost on July 16th 1991.

Passenger ship ALASKA for the Guion Line which was launched from Elder's as was then  on July 15th 1881.
14/07/2020

Passenger ship ALASKA for the Guion Line which was launched from Elder's as was then on July 15th 1881.

AUSTRALIAN CITY, another in the series of large bulk carriers for Reardon Smith was launched from the  yard on July 14th...
14/07/2020

AUSTRALIAN CITY, another in the series of large bulk carriers for Reardon Smith was launched from the yard on July 14th 1964.

Another Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II, this time for Philippine interests was launched on July 14th 1976
14/07/2020

Another Cardiff class bulker Dona Hortencia II, this time for Philippine interests was launched on July 14th 1976

From Govan, evening launch for the Cardiff Class bulk carrier NEW WESTMINSTER CITY for Reardon Smith on July 14th 1971.
14/07/2020

From Govan, evening launch for the Cardiff Class bulk carrier NEW WESTMINSTER CITY for Reardon Smith on July 14th 1971.

Ultimately tragic New Zealand ferry WAHINE launched on 14th July 1965 .
13/07/2020

Ultimately tragic New Zealand ferry WAHINE launched on 14th July 1965 .

Last of the trio of Canadian lakers SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER was launched at on July 13th 1983.
12/07/2020

Last of the trio of Canadian lakers SASKATCHEWAN PIONEER was launched at on July 13th 1983.

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1030-1048 Govan Road, Govan
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G51 4XS

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Tuesday 13:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00
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Would there have been a accident report about My Great Great Uncle Malcolm Montgomery Originally from the Isle of Skye or any information about it in your records or any information about his time working in the Yard? As a coincidence - I believe the Battleship HMS Valiant was being fitted out at the time of his death, my own Fishing boat is called Valiant.
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!"