Fairfield: our research


Social History Group volunteers looking through old Post Office directories in the Mitchell Library
Fairfield volunteers investigated many strands of research to help us establish how the shipyard developed and the impact it had on its surroundings. We have looked back to the pre-shipbuilding days when most Govanites made a living from weaving, salmon fishing and farming but also focused in on changes in the last fifty years when Govan faced another period of dramatic change. Much of this research helped us build a detailed picture of Fairfield’s evolution which you can explore in an interactive designed by the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio.

 

CAN YOU HELP?

Did you work at Fairfield?

We would love to hear your memories of working in the yard.  Get in touch with the Fairfield Co-ordinator, Abigail Morris by email: amorris@govanworkspace.co.uk or by phoning 0141 445 5866.

 

 


Shipyard work in WW1

Vast numbers of men and women worked in the shipyards during this period to assist the war effort, indeed between 1914-1918 Fairfield employed 9,000 people, almost two thousand more than at any other period in the yard’s history. Our Fairfield Co-ordinator would be interested in hearing from you if you know of relatives who worked in the Fairfield yard at this time. They may have been issued with a company lapel badge to show that they were contributing to the war effort or in later years with an official ‘On War Service’ badge from the Admiralty.

 

A photograph of a section of the mosaic found in the main entrance reception at Fairfield.

 

The Mosaic in Fairfield’s Entrance Hall

In addition to exploring the stories of those who worked at Fairfield we are also trying to find out more about the building. The mosaic in the entrance hall (see right) was altered when the building was owned by Govan Shipbuilders, the letters ‘G’ and ‘S’ were added to the centre. If you remember what was there before please get in touch.

 

Between the mid-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the heyday of shipbuilding on the Clyde, Govan was at the centre of the industry.

Whatever your age or experience we can offer a range of learning opportunities. From education groups to community visits.

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Once described as the jewel in the crown of Govan, the restored building provides a magnificent venue for all for all kinds of events.