Delve deep into Govanhill’s diverse history and heritage

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A series of walks and talks exploring the history and rich heritage of Govanhill runs throughout this year’s Govanhill Carnival.

Take a tour of the major faith buildings in Govanhill, including mosques, churches, synagogues and gurdwaras. Come along and learn more about these buildings and the communities they serve.

As a major history and heritage project exploring the Royal Samaritan Hospital gets underway, there’s an opportunity to hear the stories of the Samaritan and a chance to share your own experiences of this local asset.

The area is known for his diverse culture, and throughout most of the 20th century, many Jewish people settled in Govanhill, opening synagogues, educational organisations, youth groups and shops.

Harvey Kaplan, co-founder and director of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre, will explore some of their stories, using the collections of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre and other sources.

Read more: Govanhill Carnival: A vibrant and unique celebration of diversity

Govanhill has also long been home to a vibrant Irish community as indicated by the presence of Conradh na Gaeilge (Irish language society), Feis Ghlaschú , Gaelic Athletic Association, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Society of the Musicians of Ireland) and the 1916 Rising Centenary Committee (Scotland).

Come along and learn more about the local Irish community, as expressed through the work of some of its cultural, sporting and heritage organisations. Stephen Coyle will talk about ‘We Will Rise Again: Ireland, Scotland and the Easter Rising’ and the links Govanhill had with the Irish War of Independence and Éimhin Ó Dunaigh about the Irish-speaking community in Glasgow.

At Samaritan House, hear everyday stories of mobility, settlement and diversity in Govanhill. As families seeking asylum, or as migrants seeking refuge from racism and harassment, Roma have moved to (and from) Scotland for decades.

Professor Colin Clark will discuss historic and contemporary Roma mobility across Europe, and why Roma people have increasingly looked to Scotland as a place to settle and build new lives.

In the current political climate of austerity and racism, solidarity is more important than ever, and even small acts of kindness or sharing experiences matter.

In efforts towards hospitality, belonging and inclusion, Govanhill stands tall.

Romanistan is in Govanhill, and Govanhill has a place in Romanistan – and our worlds are all the better for joining together.

For the full programme of events, visit Govanhill baths