(How Glasgow gave Bowls to the Empire.) New Glasgow Society are holding a significant exhibition to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games. ‘The Lawn, the City and the World’ celebrates two stories: the way that the game of bowls in Glasgow developed as the city itself developed, and how Glasgow exported the finished article to the rest of the world.

The modern game of bowls was born in Glasgow. From the licensing of the Candleriggs bowling green in 1695, the spread of the game to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, to the continuing role of Taylor Bowls in the exacting standards of today, the city has maintained a central role in the game. We also trace how the game gave Glasgow green urban spaces and community hubs, how it became inextricably linked with industry and institutions, and the richly diverse architecture it has bequeathed to this vital and progressive city. 

Of all the sports in the Commonwealth Games, bowls is the one which is truly coming home. With archive footage, fascinating exhibits, and information that will intrigue the newcomer (and might surprise even the most educated of bowls enthusiasts), ‘The Lawn, the City and the World’ should be on every fan's itinerary when visiting the Games.

We are only 100m from the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre, and open until 10pm every night from Wednesday 23 July to Sunday 3 August.