The Trade House of Glasgow


What’s it about?

Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland’s western Lowlands. It’s famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city’s 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding.

The Trades House of Glasgow was created at the time of reform of Glasgow’s local government in 1605. Today it is a charity focusing on both Educational Initiatives and supporting people in need.

This Talk is about the Trades Hall of Glasgow and its function as home to the 14 Trades. Glasgow’s Trades House was founded when thirteen of the Trades or Craft organisations in Glasgow came together to form it, plus the craft of Skippers and Mariners.

Who’s telling the story?

Marc Sherland, the past President of Robert Burns World Federation and Deputy President of UK Workers Educational Association. He is a humanist, performance poet, writer, and folklorist. Born in Kent, England, he moved to Greenock, Scotland at the age of two. Like Robert Burns, Marc is a firm believer in the value of education and the concept of human equality.