Skip Navigation / Jump to Content

Featured Images

Luma Light Bulb Factory
Luma Light Bulb Factory

Partick Coat of Arms
Partick Coat of Arms

Laying the Foundation Stone

Glasgow University Archive Services, Building Photographs

*Open in New Window
Laying the Foundation Stone

The laying of the foundation stone of the University of Glasgow's new buildings at Gilmorehill, 8 October 1868.

The first stone of the new building had been laid on 4 April 1867. On 8 October the following year, the Prince and Princess of Wales performed the foundation stone-laying ceremony in the footings of the archway which was to lead from the main entrance into the cloisters. A large raised wooden platform was erected within the skeleton of the new building to accommodate the invited guests, and a temporary marquee to cover the foundation stones. A "time capsule" glass jar was inserted in a cavity in each of the stones, one each for the Prince and Princess. 20,000 people attended the ceremony, and many spectators climbed trees and scaffolding to get a better view (see the top left corner of this picture).

The new building, best known as the Gilbert Scott Building in honour of the architect, was formally opened on 7 November 1870 by the Chancellor, the Duke of Montrose. The foundation stone plaques are still visible next to the cloisters under the Bute Hall.

Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, PHU2/78

University of Glasgow

Bute Hall, cloisters, foundation stone ceremonies, foundation stones, Gilbert Scott Building, Royal visits, time capsules, University of Glasgow buildings

Quick Search

Photo Album

You have 0 images in your photo album.

View Photo Album

Log-In (Optional)

Not a user? Register now for FREE!

Other Options