Trades & Crafts in Scotland, medieval to modern

When & Where

This is a Scottish Local History Forum event.
Thursday, 31 October 2013 - 10:15am to 4:30pm
Glasgow Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, Glasgow, G1 1UH

Event Details

About The Conference

Glasgow Trades Hall in Merchant City, is the stunning and appropriately themed venue for this conference which explores several aspects of Scotland’s trades and crafts and their links with local history. The first part of theprogrammefocuses on trade guilds and incorporations, with talks on sources for apprenticeship and other records, the establishment of settlements on trade lands in, for example, Elgin and Perth, and trade emblems on buildings and gravestones. During the extended lunch break volunteers from Glasgow Trades House will give half-hour tours of the building (must be booked in advance). In the afternoon the theme expands to non-incorporated trades and the period after the trade guilds lost their monopoly in 1832, with examples from Paisley to Aberdeen.

Also, the small museum of artefactsand regalia relating to the Glasgow Trades House will be open.


09.45-10.15 Coffee & Registration


  • Murray Blair (Glasgow Trades House) The Trades House and Hall of Glasgow
  • Dr Bruce Durie (Genealogist, Author, Broadcaster) Finding records of trades, crafts, burgess guilds and apprentices.
  • Olive Geddes (National Library of Scotland) Wielding the hammer : the record books of the Hammermen of Perth
  • Dr Douglas Lockhart (SLHF) New homes in the suburbs and the countryside: developing trade guilds’ land
  • Don Martin (Kirkintilloch Society of Antiquaries) Scottish trade symbols

12.30-14.00 LUNCH BREAK

12.30-13.00 Annual General Meeting


  • Dan Coughlan (Paisley Museum) Pirns, patterns and poetry - a look at the life and culture of the Paisley weavers
  • Lorna Dey (Independent researcher) Flour power: Aberdeen’s baxters
  • Heather Jack (Independent arts professional) Industry, and the schools of art and design
  • John Donaldson (Carver & sculptor) Carvers are starvers

Further Information

For a Leaflet / Booking form, email



SLHF Members £26
Non-members £30

Includes morning tea & coffee and a sandwich lunch.

Event Location

Glasgow Trades Hall
85 Glassford Street
G1 1UH

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