Lunchtime Talks

Programme 2020/2021

We are pleased to announce the programme for this year’s Lunchtime Talks which will take place via Zoom Webinar.

Q700 – The Glasgow Tenement: An Architectural History

Much has been written about the social history of Glaswegians and their lives within tenements but there has been little consideration of architecture of the tenement itself and how this contributed to the social lives of ordinary people. The evolution of the tenement reflects the changing aspirations and failings of each generation of Glaswegians in relation to their architectural, societal, economic, and political attitudes. This talk will aim to explore these attitudes, their influence on tenement design throughout Glasgow’s history and ultimately how this has shaped the social history of the city and its people.

John Burns is an Architect in Glasgow working primarily in the Residential & Education sectors. He is the author of Tenement: An Architectural History published by the Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

John Burns, Architect, Holmes Miller

Thursday 22 October 2020


Q701 – Creative Approaches to Advocacy

Making Your Voice Count

Independent advocacy services support people to access their rights and entitlements, make informed decisions and be active participants in the decisions that affect their lives and their communities.

AIMS Advocacy is an independent advocacy service based in North Ayrshire who work using educational and arts based principles. Working alongside an advocacy worker on a one to one basis or in a group setting, people using the service are encouraged to develop their own advocacy skills. Staff within the organization also approach their work as offering opportunities to learn alongside their advocacy partners, as new issues are encountered on a day to day basis.

In this session, representatives from AIMS will give a taste of the work that they do and share examples of how they use arts based activities along with a practical approach to philosophy to help people consider options they may not have thought of before, make informed decisions and express these to others. The session will be illustrated with samples of the artwork generated by people using the service including a short film. Presenting the session as a digital story will allow us to include contributions from people who use the service along with input from staff members.

Morag McClurg has been the manager of the service since it started in 1998. Formerly a Principal Teacher, she brought her experience in education to her advocacy role.   She is also a part time student at Strathclyde in the final stages of an EdD course, where her research has focused on how advocacy workers learn to carry out their role.

Elena Mary Harris – Elena is a community artist and maker who has worked on a part time basis with AIMS since 2015. She has been instrumental in introducing an arts based approach to its self-advocacy development programme.

…..and members of the Involved Group

Morag McClurg and Elena Mary Harris

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Q702 – The life and career of David Dale, Glasgow philanthropist and founder of the New Lanark Mill Community. 

As a World Heritage site, New Lanark is a well-known tourist venue and workingcommunity. It is perhaps best known for its association with utopian socialist andpioneering social reformer, Robert Owen. However, there is a whole ‘back story’ about New Lanark prior to Owen’s involvement.

The mill community was established by David Dale, one of Glasgow’s mostsuccessful and philanthropic figures. Thanks to Dale, New Lanark became worldfamous long before Owen arrived on the scene and yet Dale has never been giventhe credit he deserves. This talk will look at the life and career of David Dale and willconsider his role as a leading figure in 18th century Glasgow, including his involvement with the first Glasgow Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

Dr David McLaren, Retired Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Strathclyde.

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Q703 – Matt McGinn: an affectionate tribute to his music, his life and his times

Red Yo-Yo and Matt McGinn

Red Yo-Yo is a small group that delights in the songs, stories, and poetry of Matt McGinn. Join them for a celebration of the life and music of Glasgow singer-songwriter McGinn. Sit back and listen as Red Yo-Yo shows how McGinn’s songs are as relevant now as they were when they were written. Singalong as they take us through some of their favourite McGinn songs.

Robbie Vennard started playing fiddle aged eight but graduated to the guitar because it was more acceptable in the days of Rock n Roll! Like John, he was first introduced to Matt McGinn’s music in the mid-sixties during the folk music revival.  He sang and played in many of the folk clubs of the day where Matt also performed. Robbie still plays fiddle and also banjo and mandolin.

John Cassidy, Matt’s storyteller, is a proud Glaswegian. A boilermaker to trade, and a college lecturer by necessity because there were few boiler shops left in which to earn a living, John is now retired.  John first saw McGinn in the early sixties when he stumbled upon a folk concert on a dreich, winter’s night, but when he heard Matt’s songs his night brightened up. As an active trade unionist, McGinn’s songs have always resonated with him. This explains why he does all he can to keep the songs of Matt McGinn alive today. 

Johnny Cassidy

Tuesday 16 March 2021




Booking should be via MyCLL and if assistance is required email or telephone 0141 548 2116.

All talks will take place via Zoom Webinar and run from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. 

The link to the Zoom Webinar will be sent to you the day before the event.