Ongoing creative projects about Govan's hidden histories Celebrating Govan's heritage, women's roles in protest movements, and the life and work of Isabella Elder
Great & Good – Isabella Elder and the History of Women and Protests on the Clyde was a community engaged arts project which highlighted and celebrated the incredible histories of women in Govan and Linthouse, focusing on the cultural heritage of Isabella Elder and the historic and under-represented role of women in protest on the River Clyde.
For information on past events as part of the ‘Great & Good’ project, please see our EVENTS page. Please note this project took place in 2013.
AJ Stockwell, LA Callery, and Monica Brown explored the life & work of Isabella Elder, presenting their findings through a series of public events & an exhibition. Isabella Elder devoted her life to philanthropic work, supporting communities and empowering the education and welfare of women in the burgh of Govan and Glasgow. In 1885 she gifted Elder Park to the burgh of Govan which is still very much in use today. You can see all posts tagged as part of this project here.
Artist and Doctoral Researcher t s Beall is the catalyst for the Women’s Histories & Protests working group or ‘team’ (a group of local women, working in collaboration with staff from the Riverside Museum and Glasgow Museums) who are investigating the wider history of women in protest movements in Glasgow, including the important contributions of women to the 1996 Kinning Park Sit-In,the role of women in the 1971 Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-In, and more. You can read more about that project here.
As part of this project, we also produced a small publication / artist zine, which details the Great & Good exhibition, and the work of the Women’s histories & Protests team. The publication was launched with much celebration at an event in Govan Old Church on 26 April, 2014 which featured poets Liz Lochhead and LA Callery, comedienne Viv Gee, and musician Maria Leahy.
It was funded by Glasgow Arts and the Riverside Museum / Glasgow Museums.