Legal Records Reveal Industrial Glasgow’s Queer Secrets

About 5 years ago I was fortunate to offer some information for Our Story Scotland’s exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum on industrial Glasgow’s hidden queer population, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was based on analysing High Court records for cases involving sodomy and gross indecency. The narrative can be found at Our…

Fear and Loathing in Academia: The Early Career ‘Terrors’

There was a time when I believed I was only academic who suffered from intense writing paranoia (IWP). That is, the utter fear of rejection once a manuscript has been submitted for consideration by a journal/editor/publisher, thereby entering the frankly terrifying process of peer review. At best you are hoping for minor revisions to style…

Langside Hall: A Concise History

By the midpoint of the 19th century successful businesses wished to build offices that reflected their optimism, growing wealth and confidence, especially at a time when Glasgow was cementing its position as the second city of the Empire. One such organisation, which emerged during the early part of the century was The National Bank of…