April 1895: Art and Crafts Exhibition, in the Queen’s Rooms

An article on page seven of The Dundee Advertiser, on Tuesday the 9th of April, 1895, reads:


“ARTS AND CRAFTS EXHIBITION.—An arts and crafts exhibition, having for its twofold purpose clearing off the

debt on the Soldiers’ Home, Maryhill, and the popularising of home industries, was opened in the Queen’s Rooms,

Glasgow, on Saturday. This is the second venture of the kind in Glasgow, a similar exhibition under the auspices

of the Corporation having been held two years ago. The exhibition owes its beginning to Miss Boyle. At first it was

thought sufficient interest might be awakened in the community by a display of merely non-professional work. As

matters proceeded, the scope of the enterprise was enlarged, and the result is a comprehensive exhibition of the arts

and crafts of the country. In addition to the usual stalls for the sale of fancy work, there are several workshops where

craftsmen are engaged in wood-carving, glass-staining, art printing, pottery work, and metal and mosaic work. There

is also a large exhibition of pictures, tapestries, designs, and photographs. The Soldiers’ Home at Maryhill, in whose

aid the scheme was first mooted, has been in existence for 18 years. In 1893 a new club-house was erected, and since

that time the usefulness of the Institution has greatly increased. At the opening of the exhibition on Saturday Colonel

Oxley said people’s thoughts were at present turned towards the soldiers who were fighting their way through the

dangerous passes of the Hindu Kush to rescue a beleaguered garrison, and amongst these soldiers were men who only

two months ago were in Maryhill Barracks and availing themselves of the benefits of the Soldiers’ Home. The mention

of that, he thought, should enlist their sympathies for the object of the exhibition, as it undoubtedly did his. (Applause.)”



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George Fairfull-Smith, August 2023.