The story of Glasgow's greatest shipyard


As a social enterprise, community engagement is at the very core of the Govan Workspace ethos and Fairfield Heritage has become a vibrant centre for wide-ranging community activities and events.


Talks on shipbuilding subjects, offered afternoons and evenings in the Boardroom and via Zoom link, are delivered by expert speakers ranging from former shipyard workers to academics.

Walking Tours

Govan heritage and Shipbuilding heritage

We offer two walking tours covering the shipbuilding history of Govan and development of the town itself. These are seasonal and happen twice a week at peak for up to twenty people.

Family History Group

The Family History Group now has a core of ten volunteers and public participants offering advice to people researching family history. It often handles overseas enquiries from people seeking information about relatives who worked in the shipyard or lived in Govan. The group meets once a fortnight and arranges occasional Open Days.

Dementia Friendly Sessions

Fairfield welcomes regular visits from a particular group that caters for dementia sufferers. Sessions, run in association with Alzheimers Scotland, are hosted by a volunteer who is a former nurse and well known Dementia Champion. These meetings, involving up to 12 people once a month, prove especially beneficial for those affected who have had links to Govan, including former shipyard workers.

All of our events will be advertised here and tickets will be available via Eventbrite.

Fit for the Future

Shipbuilding on the Clyde

Ships, Quips & Cartoons

Ships, Quips & Cartoons

Ralph Collins shares stories from working in the shipyard

150 Years of Yarrow Shipbuilders

150 Years of Yarrow Shipbuilders

A talk on Yarrows by Iain Murray

Axeman at the Gate

The Axeman at the Gate

Saving the Govan Shipyard

HMS Glasgow being built

Building HMS Glasgow

A talk about the Type 26 frigate

Photos of HMS Hood Construction

A talk by Ian Johnston

Dementia Friendly Visit to Fairfield in October Flyer

Dementia Friendly Visit

Invitation to Fairfield

Glasgow Doors Open Day Flyer 2022

Doors Open Days at Fairfield

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival