Old Glasgow Club
Minutes of an Ordinary meeting of the Old Glasgow Club
Adelaide’s, 209 Bath Street, Thursday 8th November 2007 7.00pm
Mrs Thomson (president)
Mrs Thomson welcomed members and visitors to the meeting
Brian Henderson, Graeme Smith, Jim Gibson, Maida Gibson, John Cooper and John Wylie
The minutes of the last ordinary meeting held on 11th October 2007, having been circulated, were approved on the motion of Mr Russell and seconded by Mr Kerr. There were no matters arising.
Mrs Thomson reported that a few copies of our previous speaker Mr John Cooper’s Book on Anderston will be on sale at our next meeting.
The Radiance Festival will be taking place again this year on the 23-25th November at venues around the Merchant City. Details are to be found at Glasgow.gov.uk.
Finally Good Luck Glasgow in the bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Two invitations have been received
Thurs 15th November at 7.00pm, Queen’s Park Parish Church, 170 Queen’s Drive – The South Glasgow Heritage and Environment Trust are hosting an event on the archaeological finds at Eglinton Street and Pollokshaws Road. Representative from Headland Archaeology Ltd will also be discussing the M74 Completion Archeology Programme.
Friday 16th November at 10.30am, Dennistoun Library- A book launch of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West in Scotland by Tom Cunningham. Mr Cunningham spoke to the Club a few years ago. Please see Mrs McNae if you are interesting in attending this event since formal invitations will be issued.
The 45th Annual Charities Christmas Fair will be held in the City Chambers on 21st November between 10.00am and 4.00pm.
Details of the 10th January – Members Night
At the November meeting in 1906 a motion was passed to admit lady members to the club and as such, we have decided to use the Members Night to commemorate this event.
This will take the form of a Supper Evening. There will be food, speeches, entertainment and in the Music Hall tradition – chiefly yourselves.
Perhaps give some thought to your attire for the evening.
More details will be available nest month.
The St Andrews Day Service as detailed in the membership card is at 11.00am on Friday 30th November at Glasgow Cathedral.
The proposal to display 4 advertising signs at the Langside Monument was withdrawn due to the level of opposition.
A new photo competition is available on Betty’s Noticeboard.
Finally- happy birthday to Mrs Thomson’s daughter Ruth who is 1 year old today.
Mrs Thomson introduced Ms Anita Manning who spoke on her experiences as a Glasgow auctioneer.
As a port and a city with seafaring history, Glasgow has a wealth of antiques and curios tucked away in peoples homes as well as museums. There have been many large and small auction houses in Glasgow over the years and 20 years ago Anita’s daughter Lala suggested they set up their own. Great Western Auctions was born and set up, initially in Bothwell Lane, with the first auction on 4th Feb 1989 comprising 400 lots of furniture and ceramics. Ms Manning was the first female auctioneer in Scotland and from the first auction she realised this was her perfect job and the business flourished so much so that new premises were soon required resulting in a move to Otago Street. Great Western Auctions encouraged both individuals interested in antiques as well as dealers and this brought people flocking every second Saturday with more than 1,000 lots per sale. As the auctions grew in size, specialists in pictures, furniture, silver, jewellery and glass were brought in to assess and value articles and advise collectors. Articles for sale came from a variety of sources e.g. collectors selling their collections to start a new one afresh, people clearing space in order to move, from the estates of deceased or unwanted bequests. By 2005 the auction house had outgrown Otago Street resulting in a move to their current premises at 1291 Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch. Currently general auctions take place every second Saturday at 11.00am with viewings on the Friday before. Specialist picture sales are also frequent. Ms Manning has noted that antique values are prone to fashions and fads for example the fussiness of Victoriana has lost favour today whereas glass and studio pottery from the 60’s-80’s are now popular. In recent years television has opened up the public interest in antiques and Ms Manning regularly appears as an expert on such shows as Flog It and Bargain Hunt. When asked what would be good to start collecting Ms Manning advised to buy what you personally like making sure it is in good condition. When collecting contemporary pieces try to buy something that reflects the age rather than a reproduction of a previous style. Glass, pictures and art especially contemporary art are usually successful investments. Limited editions and one off’s are also likely to increase in value. Ms Manning concluded that although she never intented to be an auctioneer originally it is an interesting job, she is her own boss and it has resulted in many interesting new projects e.g. her television appearances.
Vote of thanks
Mrs Sneddon, thanked Ms Manning for a lively, interesting talk and for passing on some top collecting tips.
Any other business
The answer to Betty’s picture competition was The Old Ship Bank.
Mrs Thomson reminded Directors of the next meeting on the 22nd November 2007, and members of the next meeting on 13th Dec 2007 and wished all a safe journey home.
Acting Recording Secretary