Tours, Films and Books

Disappointed that you didn’t manage to get a place on one of our Doors Open Tours? Fear not, we have tours throughout the year. We’ll be announcing our 2023 tour programme very soon. https://www.glasgownecropolis.org/tours-events/

Check out our You Tube channel. We have a wonderful drone film of the Necropolis as well as a presentation showing some of the work we’ve done over the years. https://www.youtube.com/glasgownecropolis 

We also have Glasgow Necropolis books for sale.
https://www.glasgownecropolis.org/books-guides/

Her Majesty the Queen

The Committee & Members of the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis would like to acknowledge the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen. Our deepest sympathies and condolences are with the Royal Family at this time.

Out of respect for the Queen and the Royal Family, we will not be posting on our social media channels over the next few days.

The Necropolis remains open and if you have any queries please contact us via our usual e mail channels.

In deepest sympathy

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

Roger Guthrie

Roger Guthrie assisting with survey of Monteath Mausoleum

Roger Guthrie assisting with survey of Monteath Mausoleum

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis are very sad to say that our Trustee and committee member, Roger Guthrie, died of cancer on Saturday 2nd July 2022.

Roger’s work in the Mitchell Library Archives fuelled his outstanding knowledge of Glasgow’s heritage and he was involved in numerous heritage organisations. I knew him as a friend for a long time and invited him onto our committee some 10 years ago. He had such an unbelievable range of knowledge and he took delight in being able to use it to help others. He was famously well known for his ability to save important parts of buildings facing demolition. You could often bump into him with some piece of ironwork or stone about his person.

We were delighted to be able to utilise his knowledge of cast iron work to design the replacement cast iron gates in the Necropolis during the restoration of the Buchanan Sisters Mausoleum and the Delta Mausoleum. A fitting tribute to him.

He also helped us with an annual architectural tour of the Glasgow Necropolis on Glasgow Doors Open Days usually preceded by a walking tour of Dennistoun but he undertook walking tours of many parts of Glasgow throughout the year.

My favourite tour with Roger was his Cove and Kilcreggan tour which had 4 miles of him talking about Thomson architecture with a break in the middle both there and back at the annual Real Ale festival at the Cove Burgh Hall and included a visit to the William Leiper designed Knockderry Castle Hotel. Roger full of fun and at his best with his favourite subjects.

Ruth Johnston
Chairperson, The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

The Women of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary

As a tribute to the work of the NHS the Friends have restored three monuments to sixteen nurses and domestic staff from Glasgow Royal infirmary buried in the Glasgow Necropolis. The oldest monument lists five young nurses who died from diseases mainly caught as a result of their work. The other stones tend to commemorate older women some of whom spent their whole working life until retirement at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

*Please note the video has no sound

Nigel Willis (1938-2021)

It is with great regret and sadness we have to announce that our well loved Vice Chairman, and former Chair, Nigel Willis, passed away last week from Covid.

Nigel Willis

It is with great regret and sadness we have to announce that our well loved Vice Chairman, and former Chair, Nigel Willis, passed away last week from Covid.

I know this will come as a great shock to many of you who knew Nigel personally or had been on his tours or had attended his power point presentation. You will remember him well as a gentle, humorous man, with a real strength of character and integrity.

Nigel was the foremost founder of the Friends established in 2005 and his earliest memories of the Glasgow Necropolis are from visiting the family memorials there as a child.

He put in an astonishing amount of work and enthusiasm into the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis, from the establishment of the Charity and he worked tirelessly up until the past few weeks. He loved the outdoors and no matter the weather over the last 15 years has taken thousands of people on tours – he especially loved doing school tours. He also travelled long distances to give Powerpoint presentations all year round to many organisations.

He brought his charisma and enthusiasm to every meeting he attended and many of us still on the committee were there from the very first year. Many Charities do not last half as long but he brought to our Charity the knowledge that the work of the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis outweighs any individual personalities or opinions.

His appearance on the TV programme ‘Flog it’ will keep re-appearing and remind us of this very special man, the loss of whom will be felt for a very long time to come.

We were honoured to have known him and to have shared his passion and vision for the Glasgow Necropolis.

Ruth Johnston, Chairperson and the Trustees of the Friends of Glasgow Necropolis

22nd September 2021

Tours are back!

The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis are more than delighted to announce that we’re able to resume our walking tours of the Necropolis.
 
We have several walking tours between now and the end of the year. Please see our tours page for full details.

Glasgow Necropolis Walking Tours Programme and Events

 

Glasgow Necropolis Tours 2021

Due to Covid restrictions we are currently unable to undertake guided tours of the Glasgow Necropolis.  We do have a pocket guide and book which are available from our Books page.

We are still raising funds for restoration work in the Glasgow Necropolis and appreciate support in the form of donations.

 

Remembrance Sunday 2020

Whilst we cannot join you in person to undertake our annual Remembrance Sunday tour this year, The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis feel that this day should still be commemorated.

Glasgow Doors Open Days Digital Festival 2020

Glasgow Doors Open Days Digital Festival 2020 is here and we’re delighted to be taking part.

Our film can be found on our You Tube page:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EI4eJgqRpZg

Coronavirus and The Friends Of Glasgow Necropolis – July and August 2020 Tours

In line with the Scottish government’s advice on reducing social contact to help minimise the spread of the Coronavirus, The Friends of Glasgow Necropolis have cancelled all July and August 2020 tours.

The health and safety of all our Tour Guides and our Tour Attendees is our absolute priority, and we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused and we thank you all for your patience and continued support at this challenging time.

Necropolis books, including a brand new updated for 2020 edition of Afterlives, can be purchased from our website. www.glasgownecropolis.org/books-guides/

We look forward to welcoming you all back to the Necropolis and our tours in the future.

Further updates will be posted to our website as soon as they are available.

 

 
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