Tuesday, 13 October 2009
Last Thursday I went to The People's Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Green which is the oldest of Glasgow's parks. I've seen it many times and the last picture below was taken on Saturday from a friend's flat where I was had lunch. Despite all that I'd never been inside. So I remedied that and Anna and I did the tour. What a wonderful place it is.
The buildings are a museum and glasshouse and were opened on 22 January, 1898 by the Earl of Rosebery. At the time, the East End of Glasgow was one of the most unhealthy and overcrowded parts of the city, and the People's Palace was intended to provide a cultural centre for the people. Lord Rosebery continued: "A palace of pleasure and imagination around which the people may place their affections and which may give them a home on which their memory may rest". He declared the building "Open to the people for ever and ever".
Originally, the ground floor of the building provided reading and recreation rooms, with a museum on the first floor, and a picture gallery on the top floor. Since the 1940s, it has been the museum of local history for the city of Glasgow, and tells the story of the people and the city from 1750 to the present day.