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Wurlitzers Organ image
Polliokshaw's Burgh Hall
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Fellow Weegies may be aware that last week (12th – 18thSeptember) saw the return of the annual Glasgow Doors Open Days – a chance for nosy locals, interested tourists and history buffs a plenty to get behind the scenes in some of the city’s most iconic buildings, as well as exploring some hidden gems.

First stop for Helen was the Britannia Panopticon, the world’s oldest surviving music hall – built in the 1850s and tucked down a lane just off of Argyle Street. Various merchandise featuring their iconic “booby lady” illustration was purchased. 

Jen stopped by Pollokshaw’s Burgh Hall, and discovered the delightful sounds of Scotland’s only Wurlitzer Organ… it’s been saved from several floods and restored to its true former glory. Wurlitzers were used in Cinemas to create the soundtrack to silent movies, when the ‘Talkies’ came in Wurlitzers were phased out but the Scottish Cinema Organ Trust have saved this beauty and host regular shows open to everyone!  

Kate was slightly less fortunate, with all tours fully booked on her visit to the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust in Bridgeton… however, she’s determined to get behind the wheel of a vintage fire engine, and will be returning for their open weekend on the 8th and 9th of October. 

Of course, at BB our door is always open. We like to think we’re a bit of a hidden gem ourselves!