Memorial detectives

La Passionara by the banks of the Clyde remembers Glaswegians who travelled to Spain to fight Franco.
La Passionara by the banks of the Clyde remembers Glaswegians who travelled to Spain to fight Franco.

GLASGOW city council are hoping to catalogue all of the city’s war memorials.

The authority’s Historic Glasgow has teamed up with Strathclyde university’s Business School to map out the memorials and the uni has set it as part of the course work for its 240 first-year business students.

Most of the Glasgow’s war memorials were created by local communities through public subscriptions.

These communities may be geographical or based on a workplace, place of worship or social group.

Throughout the city there are thought to be dozens of memorials to the many wars that Glaswegians were involved in.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, leader of Glasgow city council, said: “This is a fascinating project.

“War memorials represent an important part of our city’s local heritage and stand as testament to the impact of war on families and communities.

“What I found most interesting is the fact that all memorials, with the exception of the Cenotaph in London, have been erected by the local community as opposed to the government.

“It is therefore a very important link to our own local history and past.

“I look forward to seeing what this project uncovers in Glasgow”.

Dr Derek Bryce, of Strathclyde uni’s Department of Management, said: “This project enhances the quality of experience we are able to offer our students and, by working with the city council, they will gain an understanding of the significance of this heritage

“By applying this understanding directly to their own city and reflecting on the cultural and community importance of memorials, students enhance their academic, business and citizenship skills”.

It is hoped that the students will find ‘lost’ memorials which may be located in former churches, public buildings or factories in the city.

By mapping the war memorials, the council feels they can then be protected from risk of theft or damage – especially those which have metal components.

Once completed, the database will be handed back to the council which will use it as part of a pilot project ion Glasgow schools to encourage pupils to discover the story behind the names on memorials within their communities.