Tour of Gartnavel

On Monday 26th August Project Ability Artists visited Gartnavel Royal for a tour of the grounds.

“We met at the Summer House and were greeted with a lunch of sandwiches, scones and chatting. We then embarked on a guided tour of the older hospital grounds. We walked around the east and west wings and were able to to visually match up the places to the previous talk we had on the history of the building.

We learned about the chapel just down from what had been the main building as well as the first building built by the NHS in Scotland!  The tour guide pointed out several pieces of art and sculpture that were added in more recent times as well as the lovely Art Deco nurses home.

We were able to see in person little details we had learned about, such as the painted windows added to balance out the look of the building behind the chimney stacks. We also saw the unfinished coat of arms above the doors and the busts of Queen Victoria and Albert at the main entrance.

We finished up in what is now the walled garden, originally the private garden of the Chief Superintendent, who lived permanently at the hospital with his family. We were also able to see just how large the original grounds would have been, they took in what is now the Gartnavel General, the Beatson, several private homes, the new Homeopathy hospital and the hotel and petrol station at Binghams Pond, which was also twice the size in the mid 1800’s!

It was really great to be able to see the different areas and locations we had previously talked about and really get a feel of how grand and spacious it would have been when built.”

Morag, Artist at Project Ability 

Selection of  images by Morag MacGilchrist, Stuart Low and Tracy Goman

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