News

Fairfield Fairwell

December 21, 2012

 

Today is the last day of work for three members our Research and Collections team. Marianne, Martin and Dan joined the project in March and have assisted in a number of ways. Although they are all history graduates, they came to the project with little prior knowledge of Govan and the Clyde but have immersed themselves in the history of the shipbuilding industry and of Fairfield.   Suki Mills, the Heritage Development Officer, said:

 

It has been a pleasure to work with Martin, Marianne and Dan.  Their enthusiasm and good cheer have enlivened the office and over the last nine months they have contributed so many ideas and unearthed many interesting snippets about Fairfield’s history.  Their experiences here have given them a good foundation for work in the heritage sector and I wish them every success in the future.”

 

 

Marianne (left), Dan (middle) and Martin (right) on a visit to the shipyard.

 

Marianne – My time here at the Fairfield Heritage Project has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only have I met some lovely people but have greatly enjoyed all the work involved in the creation of the Heritage Centre. I plan a future working in the education sector so my time here has been great experience and lots of fun!

 

Martin – My time working here has been brilliant. The work has been varied, from researching content for the exhibition spaces to working with volunteers at events. My time at the Fairfield Heritage Project has given me invaluable experience in outreach, curatorial assistance and historical research. I leave with many fond memories and I really enjoyed our oral history work with shipyard workers past and present. I got to hear lots of amazing stories of working life over the years and met some brilliant people. As a result of the experience gained, I have recently been awarded a traineeship with RCAHMS (Royal Commission on Ancient Historical Monuments of Scotland).

 

Dan – I have really enjoyed my time with the Fairfield Heritage Project this year. It has been a great place to work and our small team gelled really well. We’ve had a wide range of tasks to do and I feel that we achieved a lot for the project. I’m really looking forward to seeing all the research come together for the heritage centre displays. On a personal level working for the project has been a brilliant experience and a great learning curve for me. I have no doubt the experience will help me in the future.

 

We wish them every success in the future.

 

 

 

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. 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.