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Shipyard Social Exhibition

Where

Scottish Maritime Museum Linthouse Harbour Road Irvine KA12 8BT

When

The new exhibition, ‘Shipyard Social’ explores the social side of life in the shipyards of Glasgow, Clydebank and Dumbarton between the 1930s and the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders Work-in of 1971 – 1973. Close to home, the exhibition draws on the social life at two shipyards – Alexander Stephen & Sons and the world-famous William Denny & Sons. Today, Alexander Stephen & Sons’ Linthouse Engine Shed houses the Museum in Irvine and the Denny shipyard is home to the Museum’s collection in Dumbarton.

The shipyards of Glasgow were more than just a workplace; they were the epicentre of social interaction for the shipworkers tand the beating heart of the community. The workforce was a melting pot of characters from all walks of life, and the yards served as a backdrop for forging lifelong friendships. The banter and solidarity among the workers were legendary, with each yard developing its own unique culture and identity.

This exhibition will give you a view of the social highlights in the shipyard calendar including launch day. Workers would often bring along their families to celebrate the completion of months to years of work and take pride in the financial success and renown brought to their community. Also on dispaly will be a collection of exquisite ‘night out’ dresses from the 1950s, generously loaned by Dalgarven Mill.
In complement to the exhibition.

Exhibition Details

Where

Scottish Maritime Museum Linthouse Harbour Road Irvine KA12 8BT

When

From Saturday 8th June
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