Hold Everything Dear

Featuring the gates to Sighthill Cemetery, Glasgow. When Duncan Brown took this photograph [c1856] the cemetery was largely empty. Music credit: ‘Reaching out to you’ by Snow Patrol

‘Vintage note’

This delightful sketch of the globe was drawn by the Scottish architect James Salmon. The sketch was an integral part a letter dated 10 July 1899. It is understood that … Continue reading ‘Vintage note’

of absence and presence

In 1855, Duncan Brown, Janitor for the Glasgow School of Art and pioneering amateur photographer, took a photograph of five men and two boys in a garden . . . … Continue reading of absence and presence

Fashion Show

This short film is based on some of the posters made, over many years, by students of The Glasgow School of Art. Music: Talk, Talk, Talk – by C. Duncan

UPROOTED

I have been exploring the archives of the Glasgow School of Art. In doing so I have come across an uncelbrated pioneer photographer. Duncan Brown [1819-1897] was a pioneer amateur … Continue reading UPROOTED

The Dug-Out

In 1916–17, the Dug Out tea room was created in an adjoining basement to Miss Kate Cranston’s Willow Tea Room, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. The designs and artwork were by Charles … Continue reading The Dug-Out

Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

In Chapter Two of  Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’ by Evelyn Waugh, the prison Governor asks  ‘D.4.12’ [Paul Pennyfeather]:  ‘I wonder whether you have narcissistic tendencies? Did you lead … Continue reading Chapter Two of Part Three of ‘Decline and Fall’

from End to End

This short artistic film is about a gardener, who I call ‘the gentle gardener’.  This Victorian gardener carried the same name as me. He died in 1885 aged 57 years: … Continue reading from End to End

Altyre

I was delighted to find on re-visiting Altyre estate, that the Home Farm, once so weel kent tae my family, has recently opened as an Innovation School for The Glasgow … Continue reading Altyre