Maps carry with them their own agenda by virtue simply of the choice of the map maker as to what to include and exclude. Each map tells a story of its origin, and there are at least as many stories of our city as there are citizens. For this year's Doors Open Days festival, New Glasgow Society is exhibiting an eclectic selection of maps of Glasgow.

We have attempted to curate the display purely on the basis of interest, rather than the historical or aesthetic approaches that tend to dictate more comprehensive collections. Expect to see contemporary hand-drawn maps - maps from individuals, each with their own purpose - as well as maps of alternative Glasgows that were never built, and strategic maps commissioned from the other side of the world - maps from institutions, with their own specific aims and systems. Each map is another lens through which to view a city that you may think you know very well...

A talk on the secret Soviet map of Glasgow is taking place midway through the exhibition run - more details here.

New Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street G3 8TL

10-17 September 10am-4pm daily

 

With thanks to Stuart Baird and all at Glasgow Motorway Archive, Rosie Cunningham, John Davies, Martin Davis,  Kris Harzinski, Laura Henderson, Mitch Miller, John Moore, Natalie Tweedie and National Libraries of Scotland