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Glasgow Doors Open Days 2016

DOD: Access to New + Old Buildings in Strathclyde, western Scotland

29 Aug 2016

Glasgow Doors Open Days Launch

29th of August 2016 – The programme for this year’s Doors Open Days will be launched on Tuesday 30th August, 2-3.30pm at Greyfriars Garden and the Civic Room, Glasgow. In September, tens of thousands of people will have the opportunity to visit buildings and sites for free across every one of Scotland’s 32 local authority areas. A brand new website at, designed for ease of use across PCs, tablets and mobile devices, will also be launched. The site is packed with information about hundreds of buildings that are either not normally open to the public or charge to enter.

Doors Open Days 2016

Highlights this year include Dundee Dental Hospital; Sir Walter Scott’s Courtroom, Selkirk ; Greenock Waterfront Cinema; the Private Telephone Museum, Darvel; and Cromarty Lighthouse.

John Pelan, Director of Scottish Civic Trust said: “Everyone is very excited about seeing which buildings are open this September. 2016 is the 27th year we have been co-ordinating the national Doors Open Days programme and it would not be possible without the work of the many, many volunteers and co-ordinators who create and deliver the programmes in their areas.

The new website looks fantastic and we are extremely grateful to Historic Scotland for their support. Thank you also to the Festival of Architecture 2016 team for their support for this year’s programme which has allowed us to meet our target of having at least one building open in every one of Scotland’s thirty-two local authorities areas. So far, almost 1000 buildings will be open!”

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “We were pleased to support the development of the new Doors Open Days website, which will make it easier for people to find hidden sites of historic interest in their area. Pulling together information on the hundreds of events across Scotland and presenting them in an accessible way is quite a challenge, but one the new website has risen to. I hope the new site and more accessible programme of events will encourage people to seek out some of the unique opportunities afforded by Doors Open Days this September, and help them uncover some of the less well known aspects of their local history.”

Scottish Civic Trust – Doors Open Days


Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust and is part of European Heritage Days alongside Scottish Archaeology Month, coordinated by Archaeology Scotland. Area coordinators create and manage local programmes and work for a variety of local authorities, civic trusts and heritage organisations.

Doors Open Days 2106 is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the Festival of Architecture 2016.

For more information about Greyfriars Garden visit

For more information about the Civic Room visit

28 Jul 2016

Doors Open Days Glasgow 2016 Event

Glasgow Doors Open Days Launches 2016 Festival Programme

The city is yours to explore: 12th – 18th September 2016

Launch: The 27th Glasgow Doors Open Days event launches at the beautiful St Andrew’s in the Square, Calton.

On Wednesday 3rd August between 6pm-7.30pm, Glasgow Building Preservation Trust and friends will gather for an exciting launch in one of Glasgow’s most historically significant buildings to unveil the 2016 week-long FREE festival programme of open doors, talks, tours, special events and children’s activities.

Glasgow Doors Open Days is part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, which will celebrate Scotland’s fantastic built environment, as a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design celebrations.

Please join the launch. To attend register here:

Doors Open Days Glasgow 2016 Programme


2016 Glasgow Doors Open Days Programme: The launch will celebrate the 2016 programme, which includes free access to explore 114 buildings, 51 city walks and tours, 37 talks and 13 special events, with several exciting new events including the chance to see TURN, a unique performance by theatre director Nic Green at the Govan Graving Docks. Details can be found on and the 2016 brochure is available at Glasgow libraries and participating venues.

The 2016 programme will see a focus on new buildings in the city for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, such as the Riverside Building, City of Glasgow College and the new Saunders Centre, Glasgow Academy. For the European Heritage Days theme ‘Communities’ the programme also looks to buildings, spaces and places which focus on ‘community’, such as Woodlands Community Garden, Flourish House, Queens Park Camera Club, Pollokshields Playhouse and the West Boathouse.

Glasgow Doors Open Days pop-up hub at St Andrew’s in the Square: In true Glasgow Doors Open Days style, an historic city landmark is being opened to the public and packed full of exciting events. As the pop-up hub during the festival, visitors will be able to:-

• explore the building throughout the week of Glasgow Doors Open Days (12th – 18th September)
• collect information and talk to staff and volunteers about what’s on during the city-wide programme
• attend lunchtime and evening talks
• see the Festival of Architecture Scotstyle Exhibition
• enjoy a design market on Saturday 17th selling locally crafted products which are inspired by the city
• pick up a copy of the superb new publication Scotstyle: 100 Years of Scottish Architecture (1916-2015), edited by Neil Baxter and Fiona Sinclair, featuring the top 100 buildings.

For more information on how St Andrew’s in the Square will be used as a pop-up hub go to

Dedicated Children’s Programme: 2016 will also see the second dedicated Glasgow Doors Open Days Children’s Programme. With the support of the Glasgow Life Arts Development Scheme, a children’s map and activity booklet has been produced with fun activities and details of the dozens of children’s events taking place 12-18th September. Activities will include puppet theatre, rowing on the Clyde, backstage theatre tours, arts activities, building model-making and much more! The bespoke child-friendly print will be distributed to Glasgow primary schools at the end of August and full details can be found on


Rachel Holliman, Events and Development Coordinator at Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, said:
“The 2016 Glasgow Doors Open Days programme is truly a unique opportunity to explore Glasgow. Get behind the scenes, learn about intriguing buildings, enjoy a city tour, be amazed at our talks, see an exhibition or maybe even a performance at the Govan Graving Docks. There really is something for everyone! We are also very excited to be part of the national Festival of Architecture for the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design and look forward to welcoming visitors to the beautiful St Andrew’s in the Square to see the Scotstyle exhibition.

This is all thanks to our funders, supporters, participants and volunteers who make Glasgow Doors Open Days one of the city’s much-loved cultural events and we are confident that this year will be one of our best yet. We encourage everyone to explore Glasgow – all for free!”

Karen Cunningham, Director, Festival of Architecture said:
“I am delighted that Glasgow Doors Open Days is part of the packed, colourful programme for the Festival of Architecture 2016. I’d urge everyone to get out and about and explore Glasgow’s fantastic architecture and built heritage and enjoy discovering hidden gems as well as old favourities.”


DOD Programme

• This year 114 buildings will take part, 51 tours and walks and 37 talks & 17 special events plus a dedicated children’s programme.
• All events are free.
• All event information will be available from 3rd August:

Print: The 2016 brochure can be found in Glasgow libraries and participating venues.

Booking: Some events must be booked in advance. Pre-booking for these events will open on Wednesday 24th August at 10am. Details of how to book events can be found in the brochure and children’s print or

Images: See the following Dropbox for a number of high res images that can be used when reporting on Doors Open Days. Please ensure that any images used are credited to the photographer that is detailed within the title.

DOD Background

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally by the Scottish Civic Trust. It runs throughout Scotland every September as part of European Heritage Days. For more information see Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is coordinated locally by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust. For more information see

Festival of Architecture Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival is proud to be part of the Festival of Architecture 2016, Scotland’s Celebration of design, creativity and build environment. The Festival runs throughout 2016 with over 400 events taking place across Scotland. Go to to get involved. @foa2016 #foa2016

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) was founded in 1916 and is the professional body for chartered architects in Scotland. Including student members, Honorary Fellows and retirees, the Incorporation has over 4,700 members. The RIAS promotes excellence in architecture in Scotland.

In June 2013, in its new Policy on Architecture, Creating Places, the Scottish Government announced its support for a Festival of Architecture in 2016 to be led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, working in partnership with a range of interested bodies. In September 2013 the First Minister announced the official designation of 2016 as Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design, further affirmation of the Government’s support of the Festival.

Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design 2016 is shining a spotlight on Scotland’s achievements in innovation, architecture and design through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing events and activity as part of a year-long programme running until 31 December. The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Architecture + Design Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).
The Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.

St Andrew’s in the Square Formerly the church of St Andrew’s in the Square in Glasgow’s East End, and last used as such in 1990, this building dates from 1754 and is widely regarded as one of the finest classical churches in Britain. It was designed by the architect Allan Dreghorn, based on James Gibbs’ famous St Martins-in-the-Fields in London and built by the master mason, Mungo Naismith. It was the city’s first new church to be built since the Reformation. Today, the building is a performance venue.

Background to Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

• Glasgow Doors Open Days is a free festival celebrating the city’s architecture and built heritage.
• Doors Open Days first took place in Glasgow and Ayr in 1990 where it formed part of the European City of Culture celebrations.
• Held in the third week of September each year, there are tours, walks, talks, and exhibitions, children’s activities, in addition to more than 100 buildings being open to visitors to explore Glasgow.
• Glasgow Doors Open Days is coordinated by Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, a charity that focuses on saving Glasgow’s built heritage by establishing new uses for and restoring much loved old buildings.
• Doors Open Days takes place throughout Scotland and is part of European Heritage Days. Information about the national programme can be found at
Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival Funders
• Glasgow Doors Open Days is funded largely by Glasgow City Council and sponsored by a number of other organisations. For full list of Sponsors see:
• Glasgow Life – Received a grant from Glasgow Life Arts Development Scheme for the Children’s Programme.
• Festival of Architecture – Received a grant from Festival of Architecture for the Scotstyle Exhibition.
Doors Open Day Facts and Figures
• Glasgow was the first ever Doors Open Days to be held in the UK.
• Over 68,000 recorded visits were made in 2015, with over 15,000 unique visits.
• In 2015 there were over 5500 visits by children to Glasgow Doors Open Days events.
• A Wee Doors Open Day was held during the Commonwealth Games in 2014
• Evaluations available here
• 2016 is the 27th year that Glasgow has hosted Doors Open Days event.
• There will be a photography competition as part of the event in 2016 encouraging the sharing of photos of Glasgow.

DOD Links

Useful Links: #FOA2016 #YIAD2016

#GlasgowDOD #DoorsOpenDays


Rachel Holliman Events and Development Coordinator
0141 554 4411 | [email protected]

Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre, 120 Sydney Street, Glasgow G31 1JF

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image courtesy of Clyde Gateway
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Artwork by renowned artist and writer
Alasdair Gray mural at Palacerigg, Cumbernauld
image courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland
Alasdair Gray mural at Palacerigg Cumbernauld

Comments / photos for the Doors Open Day Glasgow 2016 Architecture page welcome