The People’s Palace & Winter Garden
This lively museum in central Glasgow houses a great collection of photographs, prints, film and everyday objects. Its aim is social history – to let you see how the people of Glasgow lived, worked and played, from 1750-2000. Different areas of the museum are themed to show how people used to wash clothes in a communal “Steamie”, how they enjoyed their leisure and drinking, and what everyday life was like in wartime.
The museum is located in a three-storey red sandstone building on Glasgow Green, and was opened in 1898. Outside its front is perhaps the world’s largest terracotta fountain, restored in the 21st century and now in superb working order. Henry Doulton gave it to the city in 1888 for the International Exhibition, and it was moved to Glasgow Green two years later. The Doulton Fountain is the essence of Victorian self-confidence.
Glasgow Green is the oldest public space in Glasgow, given to the people by the Bishop of Glasgow in 1450. Next door is the Winter Gardens, an enormous Victorian glasshouse, home to a wide range of exotic plants. Its café has a pleasant atmosphere and climate that can be very different from the weather outside.