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.

See the programme text box for dates and information about the blogs and webinars. We will also be adding to the Resources section with handy tips and links for anyone thinking about or just starting to create a community archive.

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.


Theme/TopicFormat   RoundsContent
West Boathouse Project – IntroductionBlog postRound 1Why Sporting Heritage Matters
West Boathouse Project – IntroductionBlog postRound 2Collections Care – where to start?
Getting Over the Fear FactorBlog postRound 3Reflections on the project as a whole.
Volunteer ExperiencesFilmRound 4Volunteer Experiences Get involved – the benefits of volunteering
Place PerspectivesWebinarRound 5Importance of landscape and place, value of situating objects/archives within place.
Caring for CollectionsWebinarRound 6Caring for Collections
Digital Capture and RecordingWebinarRound 7Digitisation, photography, born digital material
Who Owns This Stuff Anyway?WebinarRound 8Data protection, copyright, donations, loans.
Digital OutreachWebinarRound 9Sharing and managing access
Special Request sessionWebinarRound 10You decide!