Archie Leitch – Man of Steel and Concrete



Tuesday 28 May 2019
6 – 7pm

*This talk is fully booked*

We’re excited to announce a series of talks that have been programmed alongside Callum Rice’s solo exhibition The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines on display in the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover. This series delivered by a variety of academics, writers, artists and historians aims to expand upon some of Callum’s research interests as well as provide an insight into a variety of subjects touched upon by the exhibition.

Archie Leitch – Man of Steel and Concrete

Born in Glasgow’s East End in 1865, Archibald Leitch made a career from designing factories and football grounds. His Sentinel Works at Polmadie, now listed Category A, suggest a progressive thinker, whereas his stadiums apparently adopted more traditional lines. In this illustrated lecture, Leitch’s biographer speculates as to why this was the case, and why, despite all his success, Archie died almost unknown, in a London suburb, 80 years ago.

Simon Inglis is a British architectural historian, sports historian, writer and broadcaster. Inglis has authored a number of publications including Played in London, A Load of Old Balls and Engineering Archie in 2005 – a publication intrinsic to Callum’s research throughout this project.
In addition to his books he has contributed to a number of television programmes (including the BBC’s Football Focus and One Show), on various channels (including Sky Sports, BT Sport and J Sports in Japan), and many more radio programmes. He has also written for a wide range of publications and newspapers. He is currently the editor of the Played in Britain series on sporting heritage.

Image credit: @played_in_britain

Refreshments will be served at the event.

This event is FREE, however booking is essential.
To book a place visit – Eventbrite

This talk has been generously supported by The WM Mann Foundation & Glasgow City Heritage Trust.

More events have been programmed as part of this series, to find out more visit:

Dr Fiona Skillen, Wednesday 1 May 2019, 6-7pm Women and Sport in Interwar Scotland

Neil Clements, Tuesday 4 June 2019, 6-7pm Contemporary Art’s Relationship with Industrial Space

Fergus Sutherland, Tuesday 11 June 2019, 6-7pm Football is the Ballet of the Masses

Or if you prefer you can give us a call on 0141 483 1619 or email

Find out more about Callum’s exhibition here: The Failing Light but Polmadie Shines

Both the Studio Pavilion gallery & House for an Art Lover are fully accessible venues. All entrances to the gallery and house have ramped access and there is a lift to allow access to the other levels of the House. All paths around the house and gallery are tarmac which are flat and accessible. There is an audio induction loop in place for use by people with hearing aids. Assistance dogs are welcome. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding access. We have four blue badge parking spaces available on site.

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