Maryhill Burgh Halls has just won the 2012 GIA Design Award for Conservation. Its restoration has brought the building back into community use thanks, in part, to a grant from Big Lottery Fund Scotland.
A major feature of the refurbished Halls is its stained glass windows. The original panels show what life was like in Maryhill well over a hundred years ago. The new windows illustrate the area as it is today and were designed by artists, Alex Galloway and Margo Winning.
“The key to the project has been the close community involvement and the fact that so much has come directly from the people and imagery of Maryhill itself,” said Alex. “It was an enormously valuable introduction to the area, letting me learn more about the place and people in a few weeks than I could have in years. It’s been a delightful project to be involved in,” added Margo.
Each new window has one key signature image, with smaller images and details, creating a collage effect – and they include as many community suggestions as possible. They’re also very 21st century with a coded panel that can be scanned by a smart phone to provide instant digital information.
Gordon Barr is Heritage Development Officer for Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust: “The original windows, designed by Stephen Adam, have lasted over 130 years. Hopefully in another 130 years the descendants of some of the school pupils featured in these new windows will be coming to the Burgh Halls to see what their great-great grandfather looked like when he was in Primary Seven.”
Key funding for the Windows of Today project came from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the story of the stained glass panels is featured in the latest issue of BIG Magazine.