SCOTTISH EXHIBITION OF HISTORY, ART AND INDUSTRY - GLASGOW
This Exhibition was on a smaller scale than the one held
in Glasgow in 1901. One of its main objects was to raise money for the endowment
of a Chair of Scottish History and Literature at the University.
This Exhibition came to be associated in the minds of most
Glaswegians with beautiful weather, because except for the opening and closing
days, it enjoyed magnificent weather. However, on the night of November 4th,
a storm took the roofs off several of the leading buildings, including the
Aviation Pavilion whose roof was carried into Park Terrace, and destroyed
a wall in the Palace of History.
The main buildings were in Kelvingrove but the location was
slightly different to the earlier Exhibition. Its breadth was merely from
Kelvin Way to Gray Street but in the other direction it stretched from Souchihall
Street to Gibson Street.
The central point was the Stewart Memorial in the Park
and the architect set his major Palaces round this. The principal was the
Palace of History and this was modelled on the Palace of Falkland. There were
also Palaces for Industry, Fine Arts and Machinery. The magnificent Concert
Hall could hold up to 3,000 people. In other parts of Kelvin Grove were set
an old-world 'Scottish Toonie', a Highland Village, a Pavilion of Old Glasgow,
a Garden Club and numerous sideshows. A Cavalcade of boats were assembled
on the River Kelvin and they floated up and down the River Kelvin. The big
attraction was the Aerial Railway and it was possible to make a circular trip
from where the statue of Earl Roberts now stands, to the University grounds
and back again. At some points it was 130 feet above the River Kelvin.
Military and Continental Bands played continuously in the
Park and Concert Hall and there were such celebrated performers as the Blue
The Exhibition ran from 2nd May until 4th November and
the total attendance was 9,400,000. A guarantee fund of £143,000 was set up
but not called upon.
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