- Kelvingrove Park
- 1901 International Exhibition

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© David Williams


The 1901 International Exhibition (whose architect was James Miller) was the second of Glasgow`s great exhibitions. It built on the theme of the 1888 International Exhibition - manufacturing - and the colossal Industrial Hall was the exhibition`s main building. This sat on the southern side of the River Kelvin alongside the newly completed Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The art exhibitions were particularly noteworthy but there were relatively few examples of the Glasgow-style designs which artists such as Charles Rennie Mackintosh were noted for; perhaps they were too different.

There were a number of foreign pavilions and, while some of these were from parts of the British Empire, others were from places like Japan, Persia and Russia. All of these structures were temporary buildings but the two Sunlight Cottages were designed to be permanent and they still stand in their original place in the park.

As well as being educational in many ways, the exhibition also had lots of amusements, ranging from musical events to the Canadian Water Chute. There were also gondolas plying the River Kelvin.

This article is based on the guidebook "The Glasgow Guide".

The Sunlight Cottages were the only permanent buildings constructed for the exhibition.

The exhibition ran from May to November and proved very popular with visitors (and Glaswegians); the total attendance was nearly 11½ million. The profits were used to purchase more works for the Art Galleries.
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