For 100 years Govan was the centre of shipbuilding on the Clyde. Here some of the finest, most luxurious liners, steamships and naval vessels were designed and launched. Today there are few visual reminders of this once thriving Clydeside industry but the former Fairfield Shipbuilding & Engineering Offices still pay testament to its greatness. Voted one of Glasgow's most admired buildings, this iconic, A-listed edifice has been restored in a £5.8 million project to provide  a heritage centre and prestigious office accommodation.


During 2011-14 volunteers helped us to research Govan's unique relationship with the shipbuilding history. The result is a resource facility and exhibition area showing how Fairfield became the "Shipbuildingest Burgh in the World" and the lifeblood of a community.


If you worked in Fairfield or sailed on a Fairfield-built ship please get in touch. We need your help to tell the story!  Please phone our Fairfield Co-ordinator, Abigail on 0141 445 5866 or email:

Free Govan Ferry

Get involved

Are you part of Fairfield's story? If so, we would like to hear from you. The Heritage Centre features the stories and profiles of those who worked at Fairfield and are part of its history. Please contact us if you would like to tell us your experiences.


Visiting information

Opening hours: 1-4pm Monday to Friday. Also open Saturdays 1-4pm from 6th July to 21st September!

click here

Between the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde, Govan was at the centre of the industry.

Whatever your age or experience we can offer a range of learning opportunities. From education groups to community visits.

We are looking for volunteers. To find out more about the huge variety of opportunities to support us, go to Get Involved in the Heritage site.

There's lots going on at Fairfield Heritage Centre. Get the latest Fairifeld news and find out what's on via our EVENTS section.

Once described as the jewel in the crown of Govan, the restored building provides a magnificent venue for all for all kinds of events.

Website grant-aided by