Labour History ‘Doors Open’ Walks in Glasgow

17-21 September 2019


In 2014, the Scottish Labour History Society, with the late and sadly missed Chris Bartter of Glasgow Friends of MayDay, introduced a programme of walking tours of the city of Glasgow into its September ‘Doors Open’ Week.

Aiming to promote labour history and counter official propaganda around the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, we were delighted to have both initial walks fully booked, and much subsequent interest generated.

In 2016, we added to our programme a walk on the theme, Glasgow and the Irish Revolution, to commemorate the centenary of the Easter Rising. This, too, met with a response which has made it a continuing feature in subsequent years.

Our three events are now a regular part of Glasgow Doors Open and continue to be “hot tickets”, attracting nearly 400 participants over the years. We now undertake similar walks for the TUC Education Service and other organisations.

In 2019, we are replacing our From Calton to the Riot Act walk with The Battle of George Square, recalling the legendary mass strike and police confrontation a century ago.  Among those leading this event will be Henry Bell, author of the much-praised new biography of John Maclean, John Maclean: Hero of Red Clydeside.

Our Glasgow and the Irish Revolution walk will again be led by our stalwart comrade Keith Stoddart, and Valerie Wright will repeat her outstanding new presentation of Women, War, Rent Strikes, Revolution.

Details of these walks are given below and can be found in the Glasgow ‘Doors Open’ programme brochure. Our walks are free to join, but you must book your place with Glasgow Doors Open – and places go fast! (see below)

This year’s walks are as follows:
Tuesday 17 September, 2.00 pm: Walk 38–The Battle of George Square - assembling opposite Glasgow City Chambers at George Square
Thursday 19 September, 2.00 pm: Walk 16–Glasgow and the Irish Revolution - assembling at 11 Moore Street, near stone arch of the Old Meat Market
Saturday 21 September, 11.00 am: Walk 49–Women, War, Rent Strikes, Revolution - assembling on corner of Duke Street and John Knox Street.

Bookings for the Walks opens on 1st September – visit