Open Day: Visit Modernist heritage throughout Scotland.
September 2015, Scotland
DATE: 1/9/2015
"September is the month of the Doors Open Days in Scotland, when hundred of fascinating buildings across the country open their doors for free, including many buildings otherwise not easily accessible to the public. Coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, the Doors Open Days are part of the European Heritage Days, celebrating this year its 25th anniversary this year. To help you navigate through the September ‘modernistically’, we have prepared a primer for you. (Buildings marked with * require advance booking.)

In southeast Scotland, on 12th September, the cinema Regal Community Theatre (1938) in Bathgate and the Dalkeith Fire Station (1970) will open their doors. On the 19th, you can visit the Gala Fairydean Rover Stand (1963-1965) in Galashiels. 25th & 26th September are the big Edinburgh Doors Open Days, including, of the University of Edinburgh, the College of Science and Engineering (1920s), at King’s Buildings, and the Main Library (1967), at George Square; the Robin Chapel (1950) of the Thistle Foundation; the Herbarium and Library Building (1964/2005-2006) of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh; Fairmilehead Parish Church (1938); the George IV Bridge Building (1930s-1950s) of the National Library of Scotland; and the Central Depot (1922, formerly the Edinburgh’s Industrial Exhibition Hall) of Lothian Buses; and, as a Postmodernist addition, the Traverse Theatre (1992). Plus, The Press will open its garage with Docomomo Scotland´s free pop-up exhibition (see article above).

In southwest Scotland, the Glasgow Doors Open Days takes place on 19th & 20th September and includes Anniesland Court (1970); the Burrell Collection (1983, due to close for refurbishment); the City Campus of the City of Glasgow College* (1958-1964, formerly the College of Building and Printing); Cowcaddens Fire Station (1985); the Glasgow Central Mosque (1984); the Glasgow Film Theatre (1939); and the Glasgow Sheriff and Peace of Justice Court (1986). Also in southwest Scotland, you can visit, on the 5th, Inchinnan Parish Church (1966); the Terminal Building (1966) of Glasgow Airport (also open on the 6th); and Renfrewshire House, 1985, (part of the partially demolished Paisley Civic Centre). On 6th September, the Sheriff and Peach of Justice Court (1987) in Kilmarnock opens its doors. On the 12th, visit Cumbernauld to see the Church of the Holy Name (1962); Kildrum Parish Church (1960-1962); the Sacred Heart Church (1964, also open on the 13th); and Stuart House Multi Storey Flats (1969). Also on exhibition on the 12th are a K6 Telephone Box (1936) in Kirkintilloch, produced by the local Lion Foundry; the Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post* (1965) in Skelmorlie; and the Inchgreen Dockyard* (1962-1964) in Greenock (also open on the 13th). And, on 26th September, the Machrihanish Airbase (1960s) offers tours, which will include its mysterious Gaydon hanger.

In central Scotland, the Royal Observer Corps Monitoring Post* (1958) in Arbroath is open on 5th & 6th September. The following weekend, in Kirkcaldy, you can visit the Fire Station and the Town House on the 13th. And the Tower Building of the University of Dundee is awaiting you on the 19th.

And, finally, in the north and northeast of Scotland, you can see in Inverness, on the 5th, the Eden Court Theatre (1878 & 1976) and the Emergency Centre (1941, a former RAF bunker); in Aberdeen, on the 12th & 13th, the Town House Extension (1977); and in the western Highlands, on 26th September, the hydro-scheme power houses at Lochaber and Kinlochleven* (1909 and 1920s respectively).

We wish happy Modernist site-seeing throughout September!"

Image: former College of Printing and Building, in Glasgow. © Carsten Hermann.

More details: website.

[by Docomomo Scotland]