FGUL: The University of Glasgow & Chair of Naval Architecture talk

This coming Tuesday 21st October at 7pm sees the launch of the 2014-15 series of Library Talks promoted by The Friends of Glasgow University Library when industrial historian Professor John Hume, Chair of RCAHMS, describes the foundation and growth of the world`s first University Chair of Naval Architecture made possible by the active involvement of Mrs Isabella Elder, of Govan.

Isabella Elder’s Portrait

Naval Architecture graduates and staff were international in their work while ensuring the pre-eminence of the Clyde in shipbuilding and nautical innovation.

RMS Aquitania

RMS Aquitania

The John Elder Chair of Naval Architecture was named for John Elder the Clyde shipbuilder and marine engineer. It was founded in 1883 and endowed by his widow, Isabella who campaigned for educational opportunities for all and equal education for women.

Empress of Canada

Empress of Canada

In 2001 the Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering at the University merged with the Department of Ship and Marine Technology at the University of Strathclyde to form the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, jointly owned by the two Universities.

Talks, tours and events are open to all members of The Friends of Glasgow University Library (FGUL), and to visitors. Unless stated otherwise, the Talks are held in the New Meeting Room on Library Level 3, and are followed by refreshments. Further details of FGUL and the lecture topics this year are on the Friends of Glasgow University Library web pages here.

Next year, 2015-16, the Friends will be celebrating its 40th Anniversary of supporting and promoting the Library, and is pleased to announce that the society`s new Honorary President is Sir Kenneth Calman, Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. In addition to his academic and public posts, Sir Kenneth is an active author and deputy-chair of the British Library.



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  1. A Chair of Naval Architecture, how impressive! In our library we have several paintings by Norman Wilkinson, an ex Navy man, who conceived and organised the Dazzle Department during the First World War.Ships were painted with multi-coloured patterns of stripes and diamonds. Though it wasn’t used in the Second World War, he was made Inspector of Camouflage, overseeing the disguise of buildings etc. It would be interesting to know more about his war involvement and his unique ‘razzle dazzle’ design.

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