The success of the International Exhibitions of 1888 and 1901 produced a desire for more in Glasgow but a new theme was required. A reawakening of Scottish national consciousness in the early 20th century provided it. In 1911 the city staged the Scottish Exhibition of National History, Art and Industry.
Once again, the venue was Kelvingrove Park although the exhibition was concentrated on the east end of the park, with the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum excluded. Rather than focussing the exhibition on a main building, exhibits illustrating the various themes were housed in buildings dispersed over the Exhibition area.
The aim of the 1911 Exhibition was to fund a chair of Scottish History and Literature at the University of Glasgow. In contrast to the international themes of the earlier Exhibitions the emphasis was firmly on Scottish themes, past and present.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 606.4 (1911)
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries and Archives
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