Fabulous Forties at Kelvingrove

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For those who enjoy history or who are interested in the 1940’s, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is providing a one-day workshop on February 9th.  Kelvingrove Gallery can be found on Argyle Street in Glasgow.

Here’s the information taken from the “What’s On in Glasgow Life” website:


  • 9th February 2013
  • 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Admission is Free – Drop-in – no ticket required

“Seventy years ago, in January 1943 at the height of World War Two, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s Centre Hall became a showroom for the Government’s new Utility furniture range.  The display, laid out in basic room sets, was the first opportunity for the Scottish public to inspect and try out the only furniture now available to buy under rationing.

To celebrate this anniversary, our Fabulous Forties event celebrates the styles, designs, music and resourcefulness of the 1940s and 50s.

Music for the afternoon will be provided by That Swing Sensation who will ensure their Big Band sound will get your toes tapping and hips swinging. Teaming up with them will be the Fly Right Dance Company who will show you that despite the post-war austerity, the late 1940s were still the hey-day of dancing and glam. They will teach you the moves in their simple and fun micro dance classes, and also give you the low down on creating those authentic vintage hair-styles and make-up looks.

Cassandra Belanger of The Stitchery, who runs creative textile courses in Glasgow’s west end, will be delivering make-do and mend taster classes and demos throughout the afternoon:

12.30pm: Mending and Darning class– learn how to mend tears and darn knits.
1.30pm: Everyday hems – demonstration
2.30pm: Buttons class – learn how to sew on buttons and use them to up-cycle garments
3.15pm: Up-cycling a blouse – demonstration

Places for the 12.30pm and 2.30pm classes are limited and therefore please be book in advance.
Call 0141 276 9508 to book your place.

For those who enjoy home crafts, visit our pop-up pit stop. See how to turn drab to fab, from pumps to photo frames, taking inspiration from our ideas shelf. Remember to bring your flatties and we’ll show you how to pimp your pumps!

Be inspired by Tracey Ecker of Funked Up Junk whose aim is to re-love unwanted pieces of furniture and give them a modern make-over. She’ll have a small display of her funky works in our Art Discovery Centre.

Finally, visit our recently opened museum display of Utility furniture designed and made by some of the foremost names in British furniture at the time. Using less wood and ‘new’ materials such as aluminium, plastics and laminates, these pieces show stunning new post-war looks could be created within utility restrictions. Join our European Decorative Arts Curator in the gallery for an informal chat – or if you’re old enough, a reminiscence!

Centre Hall decorations for the day, which includes bunting, rosettes and mini spitfires have been created by Craft Café groups in Castlemilk and Govan.”


2 thoughts on “Fabulous Forties at Kelvingrove

  1. Kelvingrove is a Glaswegian treasure – an amazing building, free to get in, fascinating stuff inside including a nice cafe, and plenty of parking which costs only £1 for the whole day, as far as I recall. This looks like a grand day out.

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