May 19th 2014

Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery


This symposium on Georgian Glasgow addressed Glasgow’s diversity in the age of the Scottish Enlightenment. It was linked with the major exhibition to be held in Kelvingrove, How Glasgow Flourished - showcasing Glasgow’s cultural and social history. 2014 marks the tercentenary of the beginning of the Georgian era; the hosting of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow; and the Scottish Independence Referendum. The aim of this symposium was to re-emphasise Glasgow’s role in the Scottish Enlightenment, to serve as a platform for open discussions on the literary and cultural diversity in the era, and to challenge the most commonplace representations of Glasgow as a solely industrial city.

Keynote speaker: Prof. Alexander Broadie

Themes included: the Scottish Enlightenment; slavery; print culture; societies and clubs; objects & legacy.