Monthly Doodle

The Greatest Glasgow monthly Doodle is a special drawing intended to celebrate Glasgow’s glorious and fascinating past in an entertaining and fun way.

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Doodle of October

On 31 December 1957 STV broadcasts its first New Year´s Eve, or Hogmanay celebration as it´s known officially here in Scotland, from the Glasgow´s Theatre Royal.

With a look back at news footage from 1957, music from the Phoenix Choir, interviews with members of the public, an appearance from popular comedy duo Mike and Bernie Winters and a glimpse of a Glasgow tram, it was presented by Gordon Arnold and producen by Rai Purdy.

Doodle of November

On November 2007, Glasgow was selected as the host city of the XX Commonwealth Games.

It was selected over Abuja during Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 47 v 24 votes.

Seven years later, from 23 July to 3 August, 4,950 athletes, 71 different nations/ territories and 18 different sports converted the 2014 Commonwealth Games in a big success and the symbol of the resurgent Glasgow.

Doodle of October

On 21th October, The Burrel Collection was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in Pollok Park, Glasgow.

Burrell had donated his collection of more than 8,000 works of art collected to the city of Glasgow with the condition that the collection should be in a rural setting. This posed a problem until the council acquired Pollok Country Park. A custom-build museum was finally opened there in 1983.

Doodle of September

Queen Elizabeth 2, commonly known as QE2, was a transatlantic built by John Brown Shipyard in Clydebank, Glasgow and operated by Cunard Cruise Line from Southampton to New York.

She was launched and named on 20 September 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II. With 70,327 tons, 963 feet long and a top speed of 32.5 knots, it was arguably the most famous ocean passenger liner in the world until was retired from active service in 2008.

Doodle of August

Glasgow Central Station was opened by the Caledonian Railway on 1st August 1879.

It had originally 8 platforms which were soon insufficient to ease passenger congestion. Extensions were completed in 1890 and 1901-1905 with additional several 20th century developments.

Nowadays, this A-listed building -a symbol of the peak of Glasgow’s power as the industrial heart of the British Empire during the Victorian period-, serves around 30 million passengers a year, more than 1,000 trains a day and is the busiest one in Scotland.

Doodle of July

Glasgow Fair was established in the XIIth century by a charter of King William the Lion which gave Glasgow the right to hold an annual eight day fair in July.

Originally, the fair took place 7 July, but in 1752 the fair began on the second Monday in July.

The fair was originally held within the boundaries of Glasgow Cathedral. From the 1800s onward, it was taken place on Glasgow Green.

In earlier times, it focussed on trade. In the modern era, the fair became a Glasgow’s holiday fortnight.

Doodle of June

Birth anniversary of Adam Smith (5 June 1723). Adam Smith is a Scottish economist, pioneer of political economy and very known for his work The Wealth of Nations, first modern work of economics.

After 1737 Smith studied social philosophy at the University of Glasgow

Since 1751 he worked professorship for the University of Glasgow for the next thirteen years and from 1787 to 1789 he occupied the honorary position of Lord Rector of the University of Glasgow.

Doodle of March

Empire Exhibition (unofficially known as the British Empire Exhibition, was an international exposition held at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow, from May to December 1938.

It was the second British Empire Exhibition, the first having been held at Wembley Park in 1924-25 and It offered a chance to boost the economy of Scotland, recovering from the depression of the 1930s.

Exhibition pavilions were erected and countries in the British Empire contributed their own national pavilions. The most prominent structure was the Tait Tower with 140 metres high but later demolished.

Only survives the Palace of Art (on the site), the South Africa pavilion (moved to Ardeer) and The Palace of Engineering (re-erected at Prestwick Airport).

Doodle of March

The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, located in Govan in the south-west of Glasgow, started taking patients at the end of April 2015.

This 14 floor hospital is one of the biggest care complexes in Europe, a cost closer to £1bn and replaces four hospitals across Glasgow.

Doodle of March

From 1 to 8 March 2001, the Banksy’s ‘Peace is Tough’ exhibition (alongside Sex Pistol’s artist Jamie Reid) opened to visitors in Glasgow at The Arches nightclub.

Doodle of February

On 21 February 1842, the train line from Glasgow Queen Street Station (initially known as Dundas Street) to Edinburgh Haymarket was opened to passenger traffic.

Authorised by an Act of Parliament in 1838 following several years of public discussion, it cost £1,200,000. It was no easy task, needing several viaducts and tunnels, but today the line still runs as the main line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Doodle of January

On 7 January 1451, the University of Glasgow was founded by a papal bull issued by Pope Nicholas V after a request from King James II, giving Bishop William Turnbull permission to add a University to the city’s Cathedral.
It is the fourth-oldest university in the English speaking world and the second oldest University in Scotland -second to St. Andrews-, and has dedicated centuries to inspire great minds, including seven Nobel Laureates and two Prime Ministers.