New heritage project to explore history of Glasgow community

The history of a Glasgow community is to be captured in a new project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Wyndford estate was built on the site of the Maryhill Barracks, which was once home to the Highlands Light Infantry and the Royal Highland Fusiliers – and is still referred to as the Barracks locally.

Now the history of the area is to be brought to life with a £55,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The project will explore the Maryhill barracks from the 1890s to the 1960s, preserve the stories of the people who have lived and worked in the area and look at how the military past of the barracks shaped Maryhill.

The Victorian barracks were built in 1872, but were decommissioned in the 1960s when the site was given over to social housing, and is now owned by Cube Housing Association, part of Wheatley Group.

The Barracks’ original wall and gate are still in place and remain an integral part of the area and each of Wyndford’s multi-storey blocks bear the names of recipients of the Victoria Cross, who were once based at the Barracks.

Cube Housing Association will work with digital learning company Immersive Minds on an interactive Minecraft-inspired game that recreates the site at various points in its history.

There will also be archaeological digs, a new museum collection about the Barracks at Maryhill Burgh Halls, and a brand new play written about the military history of the area written and performed by local schoolchildren.

(from left) Captain Iain Ross, David Mackenzie and Tam Rough launch the Wyndford Community Heritage Project

Cube chair Peter Kelly said: “This is a special area and we are delighted and proud to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring its past to life for our community.

“We look forward to working hand in hand with our community to bring the fascinating heritage of this site to a new audience, create a lasting legacy for future generations, and really celebrate the history of our community.

“As we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, it is really fitting and important to gather stories and memories about the regiments and soldiers who lived and worked here – as well as explore how the Barracks shaped this part of Glasgow.”

The launch of the Wyndford Community Heritage Project at Maryhill Burgh Halls

Lucy Casot, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “The Barracks is such an important part of Maryhill’s identity we are delighted that its story, which is in danger of disappearing, will be captured thanks to players of The National Lottery. In saving vital memories of the lives of those who lived there, the community of Maryhill will have the opportunity to meet, forge new friendships, learn and celebrate the history that lies on their doorstep.”