People’s Palace Museum & Winter Gardens

Submitted by Bulmer Hobson on Tue, 2010-03-23

The People’s Palace tells the story of Glasgow and its people!!!

The People’s Palace, set in historic Glasgow Green, tells the story of the people and city of Glasgow from 1750 to the end of the 20th century.

Explore the city’s social history through a wealth of historic artefacts, paintings, prints and photographs, film and interactive computer displays. Get a wonderful insight into how Glaswegians lived, worked and played in years gone by.

There is:

  • Dancing and holidaying
  • Home life during the Second World War
  • A trip to the steamie to get the clothes washed
  • Visit the ‘single end’ and discover how a family lived in this typical one-room Glasgow tenement family home of the 1930s
  • See the amazing banana boots worn by Billy Connolly on stage in the 1970s
  • Have a look at the Glassford family portrait – the painting of a tobacco lord and his family
  • Discover the political history of the city through some of the superb and unique banners on display.

On the top floor is the Glasgow history painting series made by artist Ken Currie in 1987. The series commemorates the massacre of the Calton Weavers, which marked the birth of the trade union movement and visually presents the political history of working class struggle in the city.

Attached to the People’s Palace is the Winter Gardens, you can wander among the exotic palms and plants or enjoy a coffee or lunch at the café. Outside, you can admire the restored Doulton Fountain and relax in the attractive surroundings of Glasgow Green, the oldest public space in Glasgow.

Telephone: 0141 276 0788


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