‘Pioneers and Patrons’: An Exhibition which Commemorated the Bicentenary of the University of Strathclyde in 1996


Front cover of the Pioneers and Patrons booklet, 1996.


In 1996, Glasgow’s Collins Gallery was the venue for the exhibition Pioneers and Patrons, part of the University of Strathclyde’s celebrations to mark the bicentenary of the founding of its precursor, Anderson’s Institution, in 1796. The specially-commissioned show highlighted contributions made over two centuries in science, technology, and the fine arts by people connected with the institutions which have evolved and merged to form the present University of Strathclyde.


Paintings, sculpture, coins, medals and scientific instruments from the university’s own collections were exhibited alongside loans from Glasgow Museums, Glasgow City Libraries, the University of Glasgow, the Glasgow Art Club, and work by some of Glasgow’s distinguished nineteenth-century photographers such as Thomas Annan and William Graham.


Some of the above is drawn from a larger article by George Fairfull-Smith, which was published in The Herald, Thursday, April 11, 1996.



George Fairfull-Smith, January 2020.