Reliving Maryhill

Friday 5 April 2019

Maryhill in the 1960sLocal residents delved into their past as they got to explore the history of Maryhill.

Working with Glasgow Film Theatre, residents got to experience the Maryhill of the 50s and 60s once again through films, creative workshops and historical visits.

The participants even got to make their own film, which was screened as part of this year’s Glasgow Film Festival.

Donna Maclean, Health and Wellbeing Activity Coordinator at Queens Cross Housing Association, felt the programme was a real success. 

“It was great working in partnership with Glasgow Film Theatre. This programme provided a platform for our older tenants to share their life experience, memories and stories from living in the Maryhill area.

Residents got the chance to delve back in time to their youth growing up in Maryhill“It prompted positive conversation and emotions and I really feel we got to know our tenants better.”

Tenant Cathy McCarthy, who took part in the programme, enjoyed reminiscing about the Maryhill of old. 

“It was good to see the old Maryhill film clips. It brought back some good memories.

“Maryhill had film theatres, dancing and clubs. It’s all built up now and we’ve lost the local shops like the wee fruit shop where we used to meet up and have a blether.”

And Hopehill resident Margaret Dunnet loved the project.

“Seeing Garscube Road on the big screen was great. I remember going to the TUC dancing and we had a film theatre on Maryhill Road,” she said.

“We had a laugh talking about how the style of clothing had changed with people wearing long skirts, hats and coats in the 50s. I loved being involved in the programme.”