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Music in Queen's Park

Burrell Collection Photo Library, 1955 Survey

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Music in Queen's Park

A musician playing to a crowd at Queen's Park bandstand on a sunny summer afternoon in 1955.

Built in 1923, the bandstand was a venue for a wide variety of musical entertainments. Queen's Park was often hosted May Day rallies and many famous speakers, such as the politician Tony Benn, have addressed the crowd from the stage.

The bandstand burned down in the 1990s. In 2003 Glasgow City Council announced plans for its redevelopment, intending to build a two-storey structure containing a restaurant and cafe-bar as well as a stage. However, the proposal included the construction of an access road and car park on parkland, and local campaigning has halted development at the site in 2004, pending further community consultation.

In 1955 Partick Camera Club set out to create a photographic survey of Glasgow. As the project progressed, other camera clubs joined and each was allocated a district of the city to photograph. Glasgow Museums exhibited the photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and at the People's Place, and in 1956 the exhibition was shown at the Palace of Art in Bellahouston Park. The photographs are now part of Glasgow Museums' collections.

Reference: 1005.97.56 / OG.1955.121.[56]

Reproduced with the permission of the Partick Camera Club

bandstands, crowds, Glasgow Photographic Survey 1955, music, musicians, parks, political rallies, prams, Queen's Park

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