Given evolving public health considerations, the Fairfield Heritage team have had to take the difficult decision to postpone public access to the Fairfield Heritage visitor centre for the first part of this year, we will review this at the end of July 2021 and hope to be open soon after.

Collections Research Team

As a volunteer with our Collections Research team you will be involved in learning how to care for museum objects and promoting access to the collection by researching the stories behind the objects.  You might help with:

  • Taking responsibility to investigate a particular theme or event connected to the history of Govan, shipbuilding or Fairfield, using original sources in the Mitchell Library or other archive depositories¬† (see the section on this website called “Our Current Research”
  • Caring for and storing memorabilia (artefacts and archival material) loaned or donated by members of the public
  • Photographing objects or scanning paper documents
  • Sorting, labelling and cataloguing artefacts and archival material
  • Recording the description of each item by hand or onto a computer database
  • Making audio recordings (oral histories) of former shipyard employees or others who have a story to tell about Fairfield and Govan

A good eye for detail and an interest in history, reading and writing would be an asset for this volunteer role!


Unfortunately due to the uncertainty around the coronavirus and in consultation with our team of volunteers, we have decided to close Fairfield Heritage until further notice. We have also postponed our walking tour and evening talk on 25th March. Please keep check back for updates!

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.