A Journey Up the Watter: Recording the Rowing and River Heritage of the Clyde
Join us on this journey with the rejuvenation of the category B listed timber frame building and its contents, the West Boathouse – a clubhouse for two rowing clubs on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow. The rowing clubs have archives dating from 1840’s which were not catalogued or listed until the start of this project by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust (GBPT), an independent charity set up in 1982 that exists to rescue, repair, restore historic buildings and return them to use within their communities. Funders of the project include National Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland, and The Robertson Trust.
Work began on site in February 2021 and during the weeks leading up to contractors arriving, the club’s heritage collections were moved and safely stored off-site. Scottish Council on Archives will be supporting and recording how the clubs’ archive is being managed and its long-term preservation. Working closely with Ingrid Shearer, Heritage Engagement Officer at GBPT we will follow the journey of the archive from the attic of the Boathouse, to becoming a catalogued and digitised collection that will be enjoyed and used by the local community, club members and researchers.
There will be a regular blog from Ingrid and her team of volunteers featured on this dedicated webpage to the project. Here you will learn about the issues and problems they encounter when managing the archive and witness how they find solutions to ensure the long-term sustainability of the collections. The blogs will include topics, such as cataloguing, conservation, copyright, and digital preservation. To complement the blogs, we will also host 4 webinars with guest speakers, specialists in their fields of study and we will include a dedicated section for discussion and Q&A.
Keep up to date with the West Boathouse project by following us on Twitter @CArchivesScot and be there at the finish line when the West Boathouse officially relaunches on Doors Open Day Festival 12-18th September 2022.
Banter at the Boathouse Webinars
As part of the project, we will be releasing a series of events on topics related to the work being carried out. You can watch them below!