Empire Exhibition, 1938

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Postby Simba » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:39 pm

I'm totally impressed by the sort of things they organised back in the day, it must have been a pretty good tourist attracter for the city. I would love to have gone! ;)

Gaelic was (and still is) a predominately spoken language and very infrequently written (very few native Gaelic speakers could read or write in their native language at that time as it was not taught in schools, and its use discouraged).

The language's spellings were modernised and simplified fairly recently so the spelling in the brochure would be an old spelling.


Was just curious as my name is Eilidh and while there are many Anglicised variations of it out there I hadn't seen ceilidh like that before (apart from people not being able to say it or spell it anyway!).
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Postby kokotheclown » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:49 pm

The transport arrangements are brilliant.

One minute frequency for the trams and 3 minutes for the underground. Not to mention mainline routes, carparks for 10000 cars (were there that many cars in Glasgow in 1938?) and connections from all over the UK.
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Postby AlanM » Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:52 pm

Don't think we'll ever see anything on that scale again, although the garden festival came close. After the fiasco that was the Millenium Dome the politicians will think twice before promoting another large scale exhibition.
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Postby Socceroo » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:15 pm

AlanM wrote:Don't think we'll ever see anything on that scale again, although the garden festival came close.....


Do you really think the Garden Festival came anywhere
near close to the Empire Exhibition? Not that i was kicking
around in 1938.

The Empire Exhibition apparently cost more than 10,000,000 quid 8O
in 1938 an astounding amount of cash for that time.

What would that be in today's money or 1988's for that matter?

As a matter of interest does anyone know how much
the Garden Festival cost?
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:17 pm

Tuppence hal'pny and three gingies
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Postby Simba » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:18 pm

Does anyone have a time machine so I can go back to 1988 and actually remember the Garden Festival? And while I'm at it I'll nip back to 1938!

Does anyone have any relatives who would be old enough to remember it at all? Unfortunately I don't but it'd be nice to get someone's opinion on it from the time.
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Postby AlanM » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:24 pm

The Garden Festival was big, the site was of a comparable size (if not bigger than Bellahouston Park). Not sure on the cost but there would presumably have been more commercial sponsorship at the Garden Festival so private companies would have footed a larger proportion of the bill.

It would be interesting to compare visitor numbers for both though.
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Postby Socceroo » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:25 pm

crusty_bint wrote:Tuppence hal'pny and three gingies


Hehe :D

That's about right my recollections were a couple of plants some steel frames and a couple of canopies. Better not forget all the garish painted silhouette structures that were "models" of Glasgow landmarks.

Am i right in recalling that the Fireworks display at closing night event went pear shaped. Anyone else recall that?
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:36 pm

I'm FAR too young to remember the fireworks hehe I was only there once on a school trip. All I remember is a giant plastic swiss cheese wedge for some reason.

Anywho... Mod cap on: the garden festival has its own topic so reminiscing can be done there, general discussion and comparison with the Empire Exhibition here is ok.

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Postby Socceroo » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:40 pm

Ah well that's me told...goodnight folks.
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:41 pm

:) sorry, no offence
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Postby McShad » Mon Jan 16, 2006 6:53 pm

The aerial photograph.... whats the orientation of it?

Is the tate tower in the corner at Paisley Road West and Dumbreck Road?
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Postby crusty_bint » Mon Jan 16, 2006 7:08 pm

The road running east/west along the bottom edge of the park in the pic is Mosspark Boulevard
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The pavillion top left of the exhibition in both pics is now the site of Bellahouston Sports Centre
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The Tate Tower was situated at the top of the hill which is on the Paisly Rd West side of the park (I suppose), Helen St heads off south to Govan down past what appears to be a stadium (on the right)
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Postby AlanM » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:10 pm

Socceroo wrote:
crusty_bint wrote:Tuppence hal'pny and three gingies


Hehe :D

That's about right my recollections were a couple of plants some steel frames and a couple of canopies. Better not forget all the garish painted silhouette structures that were "models" of Glasgow landmarks.

Am i right in recalling that the Fireworks display at closing night event went pear shaped. Anyone else recall that?


Yeah, one of the pyro techs lost a leg and some spectators were injured when one of the big mortars exploded at ground level instead of a couple of hundred feet up
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Postby Socceroo » Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:17 pm

AlanM wrote:Yeah, one of the pyro techs lost a leg and some spectators were injured when one of the big mortars exploded at ground level instead of a couple of hundred feet up


We are on the wrong thread mate :wink:
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