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HLF has awarded grants worth a total of £107.7m to heritage projects in Glasgow*, or £180.58 per capita.

The value of individual grants awarded has varied, ranging from £5,000 for the Battlefield Primary School Centenary Celebrations, to £21.6m for the Riverside Museum.


Relative to the rest of the UK, Glasgow is economically deprived, despite improvements both in employment rates and in deprivation in recent years. 

However, the research findings show that Glasgow’s residents are more positive about the city than the average for this research. For example, 64% strongly agree that it is a good place to live, compared with an average of 56% across the 12 research locations. 

“I initially thought of old buildings and historical monuments. But, really, the city’s heritage is also things like the dark, dry humour of the people.”

Furthermore, 53% of Glasgow’s residents say the city has improved over the time they have lived there, compared with an average of 42%. This positivity was reflected in the intense local pride expressed in the workshop, and the very strong sense of identity participants had. 

In the workshop, participants displayed a strong attachment to local heritage, as well as a very broad understanding of what that heritage is. Whilst, as elsewhere, initial associations tended to relate to the physical fabric of the city, participants quickly moved beyond this to include a far broader range of heritage. This included the local dialect, the stories parents tell their children, and Glaswegian humour.

About the research

All strands of research were conducted in Glasgow. Background data was collected to understand how the city has changed over the last 20 years. Five interviews were then conducted with local stakeholders (for example, a representative of local tourism and a figure in local government). To understand the public perspective, 351 residents took part in a telephone survey, and a half-day workshop was held with 14 residents.

The workshop used a range of exercises to build knowledge, stimulate discussion and gauge personal feelings and responses. For example, a ‘pub quiz’ gave participants information about Glasgow’s heritage and HLF’s investment in the UK and in Glasgow specifically. An exercise in which participants were asked to make a poster for a local heritage project was used to understand what participants thought matters in local heritage projects.

Heritage projects in Glasgow

The research project focused on the following heritage sites and projects, which are also reflected in this map.

*Grants awarded to projects in the Glasgow research area up to September 2013.

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