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Fairfield Heritage has now reopened to visitors. However due to current Covid restrictions there are a limited number of places, to book one or more of these places please visit eventbrite at link below:

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Fairfield Events

Tuesday, 17th March 2020, 2:00pm-3:00pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!
A welcoming event for people, family and friends affected by dementia or memory loss.
Hear stories from Glasgow’s Greatest Shipyard
Tea and Coffee will be provided
FREE ENTRY
Please book a place by telephoning Abigail on 0141 445 5866
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED!
This talk will look at some insights spanning the diversity of Clyde shipyards’ engagement with cutting edge technology over 100 years from blockade runners to nuclear powered ships.
Alastair Hart has worked in the marine industry for forty years starting as a student apprentice on the Lower Clyde.
Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or have a cuppa from 5.30pm before the event starts at 6pm in Fairfield’s magnificent Boardroom.   More …
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Past Events

Wednesday, 11th March 2020, 2:00pm-3:30pm
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Iain has been following Clyde steamers all his life. His father, a marine steam engineer, amongst many others fostered Iain and his passion for the subject.
In this latest lecture Iain will look back at his involvement with the paddle steamer WAVERLEY, her preservation and give an insight into the boiler appeal success and the latest from work in progress.  More …
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Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 6:00pm-7:30pm
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Emily Malcolm, Curator of Transport & Technology at the Riverside Museum is going to talk about the recent publication on the Glasgow Museums’ Ship Model Collection. This ranges from elegant transatlantic liners to humble Clyde puffers, and from simple half-hull designs to magnificent display models. Some of the most famous ships launched on the Clyde are represented, such as RMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Hood, as well models of historically significant vessels such as the first European passenger More …
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Wednesday, 26th February 2020, 12:00pm-1:30pm
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Explore Govan’s rich shipbuilding history
Join us on a walking tour of Govan’s rich shipbuilding history from the Govan subway station to Fairfield Heritage in the prestigious former offices of the shipyard. The tour will start from the Govan subway entrance and stop at various points of interest on the way to Fairfield to visit this fascinating shipbuilding museum. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather!
*If you book and then can no longer attend, please cancel your ticket so someone else can come along. There is limited space!*
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Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 2:00pm-3:00pm
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A welcoming event for people, family and friends affected by dementia or memory loss.
Hear stories from Glasgow’s Greatest Shipyard
Tea and Coffee will be provided
FREE ENTRY
Please book a place by telephoning Abigail on 0141 445 5866
Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 2:00pm-3:30pm
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Share Maritime Memories with the National Records of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive.
Come and share your stories about Shipbuilding in Scotland in Fairfield’s magnificent Boardroom. Please join us for a tea/coffee and biscuits from 1.30pm. The event will start at 2pm with a selection of films from the Moving Image Archive showing the sights, sounds and cities of the Scottish More …
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Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 6:00pm-8:00pm
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Rare screening of The Big Picnic by Bill Bryden originally performed in the Harland & Wolff Engine Shed, Govan in 1994. This play is set in No Mans Land during World War One and was a very visual and dramatic event set with the backdrop of the shipyard’s shed.
Introduced by the Producer Edward Crozier.
Come and join us for a look around Fairfield Heritage or More …
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Wednesday, 4th December 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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Back by popular demand! Rare footage of Beardmore’s great Dalmuir shipyard shot in 1928 of the Canadian Pacific liner Duchess of Atholl under construction. This film will be shown in the Fairfield Boardroom. Maritime historian Ian Johnston will give an introduction to Wm Beardmore & Co Ltd.
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Tuesday, 26th November 2019, 6:00pm-7:30pm
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Screening of BBC Scotland’s ‘Focal Point’ – The Axeman at the Gate in the Fairfield Boardroom.
This programme made in the late 1980’s tells the story of when British Shipbuilders sent in Eric Mackie to close Govan Shipbuilders, however when Eric arrived and looked closely at the yard, and the people working there he changed his mind, and fought to keep the Govan Shipyard open and thereafter became the new company Managing Director.  More …
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Wednesday, 20th November 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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Gavin Stewart is an Electrical & Controls Engineer with a passion for industrial and maritime heritage.
This is a presentation of photos from his collection containing a mix of medium format negative scans and slides including some official yard photos from James Lamont & Co (which were rescued from destruction when the company ceased trading in 1989) all dating from 1940s to 1970s. It’s a trip down memory lane!  More …
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Wednesday, 6th November 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm
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A review of the career of the Barclay Curle built British India Line’s passenger ship which, after withdrawal from the East Africa service became the much loved Schools’ Educational Cruise Ship, Hospital Ship and troopship during and after the Falklands Campaign.
Paul Strathdee (the speaker) is a former member of the ss UGANDA Society and has been interested in Clyde built ships and shipyards from an early age. He is currently Chairman of the Clyde Shiplovers’ Society in Glasgow and a member of the World Ship Society.
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Sunday, 13th October 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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David Millar was the Govan Shipyard Photographer from 1979 to 1996, and during this period he captured the history of the yard through photographs and video.
The presentation will be a series of videos showcasing the transformation of the yard during those years.
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Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 2:00pm-3:00pm
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This is the Story of how the last Commercial Shipyard in Scotland was rescued from closure and now – less than five years later – plans to lead the world in the development of zero-emissions maritime energy.
Presented by John W Morgan, Ferguson Marine Head of Communications who, after a lifetime in advertising and marketing – forsook it all, to return to his family roots in Clydeside shipbuilding.
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Saturday, 6th July 2019, 10:00am-4:00pm
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Does your family have a link to Govan, maybe even to Fairfield? Do you think they might but you don’t know how you would find out? Are you interested in the social history of Govan?
Explore our research on the lives and times More …
Wednesday, 3rd July 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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This talk by Alastair Hart is a follow-on talk which will illustrate some examples of the contribution Clyde shipyards made to overseas yards that are major shipbuilders to this day.
Alastair has worked in the marine industry for forty years starting as a student apprentice on the Lower Clyde.
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Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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An illustrated talk by Ian Buxton, Naval Architect and former Chairman of the World Ship Society. Ian will review the construction of the 13 Tyne-built British battleships and battlecruisers which fought in the First World War. As well as the hulls; propulsion and auxiliary machinery, gun mountings and armour plate were supplied by all the major industries and employers on Tyneside, More …
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Wednesday, 29th May 2019, 6:00pm-7:00pm
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This talk by Alastair Hart will explore the significant activity of Shipment or Knock-Down vessels that were delivered from Clyde shipyards to a multitude of global destinations and their legacy.
There will be a follow-on talk in the coming months which will illustrate some examples of the contribution Clyde shipyards made to overseas yards that are major shipbuilders to this day.
Alastair has worked in the marine industry for forty years starting as a student apprentice on the Lower Clyde. More …
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Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 2:00pm-3:30pm
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Come and see classic 1954 Ealing Studios’ film “The Maggie” in the Fairfield Boardroom. Directed by Alexander Mackendrick, this comedy set in Scotland is about a skipper who tricks a wealthy American into entrusting him to ship valuable cargo on a dilapidated old puffer boat called “The Maggie”.
Watch out for Govan born Tommy Kearins who plays “Dougie” the cheeky cabin boy.
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Fairfield Heritage has now reopened to visitors. However due to current Covid restrictions there are a limited number of places, to book one or more of these places please visit eventbrite at following link: Book a place via eventbrite

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

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