Doors Open Day 2018

This September, Doors Open Day will be coming to lots of places around Scotland. You can find full listings of everything happening in your area on the Doors Open Day website, or take a look at our list of events that we think will be of interest to our members

Amsfield Walled Garden – Amisfield Walled Garden dates from 1783. Designed by John Henderson for the 7th Earl of Wemyss, the garden once formed part of the policies of Amisfield House which was demolished in 1928. (East Lothian)

Auctaven Township – Climb up the hill and visit the abandoned 18th – 19th Century “ferm toun” (farm town) with its restored cruck framed cottage with hingin lum, horse mill and the Queen Mother’s picnic cottage. (Aberdeenshire)

The Back Garden – Tucked in the heart of sandstone tenements, yards from busy Argyle Street in Finnieston, this urban garden grows various crops and houses a tool shed, polytunnel, greenhouse, five raised beds & mini orchard. (Glasgow)

Bellahouston Demonstration Garden – The garden is a unique place for schools, groups and the wider community to learn and grow. Discover how this safe and secure walled garden setting is improving health and participation as well as providing locally-grown seasonal produce. (Glasgow)

Broomhill Heritage Trail – Discover how Broomhill has developed since 1850. Witness its many fine buildings and its hidden railway. (Glasgow)

Brutalism In Glasgow City Centre – A walk round the city centre of Glasgow looking at examples of brutalist and post-modern architecture. (Glasgow)

Building For The Future: 100 Sustainable Buildings – The Scottish Ecological Design Association look back at their 2016 publication of 100 buildings exemplifying a more thoughtful response to social, economic and environmental sustainability; discussing what makes these projects a guide for better ways to make the places we live. (Glasgow)

Burghead Heritage Walk – Discover thousands of years of history on a 1 hour guided walk around the Pictish Fort site including the Well, and Burghead Harbour. (Moray)

Burgie Aboretum – Within Burgie Estate a wonderful Woodland Garden is currently being developed. The garden started in 2008 and is zoned into geographical areas and species types, including, Lime collection, Chile Bank, Asia Bank, and a Japanese Garden. (Moray)

Can Walking the City Change the City – Our modern towns and cities have been designed around cars. Follow in the footsteps of Artist and Urbanist Dan Dubowitz in this talk asking if walking can create a new way to see and redesign 21st century Glasgow. (Glasgow)

Carbeth Hutters Community Company – Carbeth is a collection of characterful, off-grid huts set within the designed landscape of the Carbeth Estate. (Stirling)

Cities of the Future/Architects of the Future – An evening of 5 minute presentations from current and recently graduated Architecture students from GSA & Strathclyde on their predictions of what a city of the future might look like. (Glasgow)

Clyde Bridges – Take a tour through 18th Century Glasgow! This guided walk along the River Clyde will open your eyes to the engineering superheroes who designed and built these amazing bridges. (Glasgow)

Cowal Open Studios – As part of Doors Open Day Cowal Open Studios offers  43 venues which  will be open to the public featuring the work of eminent local artists and makers. (Argyll and Bute)

Dean Gardens – The Dean Gardens is the largest of the four ‘pleasure grounds’ to border the Water of Leith. They are the second-biggest private amenity gardens in Edinburgh encompassing over seven acres, featuring a series of planted slopes and level lawn areas with many delightful viewpoints over the Dean Valley. (Edinburgh)

Dennistoun Conservation Area: Historic Walk – Alexander Dennistoun had a vision to build a residential suburb. Architect, James Salmon, produced a masterplan with villas, terraces and gardens which form the Dennistoun Conservation Area – the main area of our tour. (Glasgow)

Fossil Grove – This once vast forest eventually became the coal that powered Glasgow’s industry. Marvel at this piece of ancient history in the beautiful surroundings of Victoria Park. (Glasgow)

Friarton Recycling Centre, Friarton Depot and Earnside Energy – Perth and Kinross Council along with Earnside Energy (at Binn Farm) invite residents on a tour of the Waste Education Boardwalk located at Friarton Recycling Centre, followed by a minibus tour of the Friarton Depot sheds and then a tour of Earnside Energy’s composting facilities located at Binn Farm in Glenfarg. (Perth)

From Rottenrow to the Monklands Motorway – A history of Glasgow’s great roads from prehistory to the present day and why people thought that the M8 was a good idea. Join Glasgow Historian Fergus Sutherland in a journey from cobbles to concrete. (Glasgow)

Glasgow 2050 – The 2050 Climate Group educates, engages and empowers young people to take climate change actions to enable a low carbon and climate resilient Scotland. Hear about their work and vision for what Glasgow could look like in 2050. (Glasgow)

Glasshouses and the Royal Edinburgh Hospital – The Glasshouses @ Royal Edinburgh Hospital (REH), built in the 1950s, were originally used to propagate plants for the hospital gardens. (Edinbugh)

Granton Castle Walled Garden – An opportunity to visit Granton’s very own ‘secret’ garden hidden away on Edinburgh’s neglected waterfront. (Edinburgh)

Greek Thomson Sixty Steps – Visit “Greek” Thomson’s only structural project with its sixty-step staircase sweeping round an immense retaining wall. (Glasgow)

Greenbank Gardens – Built for merchant Robert Allason in the 1760s, Greenbank Garden is an impressive celebration of west coast domestic gardening, featuring more than 3,600 named species of plants. (Glasgow)

Greyfriars Garden – Greyfriar’s Garden, a tranquil and magical oasis in the Merchant City is a modern garden on a medieval site. (Glasgow)

Grove Community Gardens – The Grove Community Garden is a mobile, temporary garden created on derelict land in Fountainbridge. The site is expected to be developed in 2019. (Edinburgh)

The Happenstance – Explore ‘freespace’ at the Caledonia Road Church, activated by WAVEparticle as a space for use by the local community and artists. (Glasgow)

The Happenstance: The City as a Playground – How could play help us develop our cities? Join Graham Ross from Architecture and Design Scotland in an exploration of Scotland’s contribution to La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2018, featuring projects where people of all ages used play to explore and shape the future of their places. (Glasgow)

HarrisonStevens – 11 South Charlotte Street, built ensuite with No 15 South Charlotte Street, is a significant surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh’s New Town, one of the most important and best-preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. (Edinburgh)

Herbarium and Library Building at the Royal Botanic Gardens – The terrazzo and glass Herbarium & Library building overlooks the NE corner of the Garden. Opened in 1964 and extended in 2005-6, it houses one of Europe’s largest botanical libraries and a collection of around 3 million preserved plant and fungi specimens supporting the Garden’s global research, conservation and education programmes. (Edinburgh)

The Hidden Gardens – Discover how the old Coplawhill Tramworks has been transformed into a lush green haven, a sanctuary for humans and wildlife alike. (Glasgow)

Home Front Walk: Glasgow Buildings in Wartime – Explore Glasgow city centre transformed by the culture of war: shelters, sandbags, sirens, the blackout, emergency water tanks, mobile canteens, allied soldiers, wartime entertainment and visiting dignitaries. (Glasgow)

Institute of Civil Engineers Scotland Museum – This is a modern university building which houses the museum collection of the Scottish Branch of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). Some 300 items forming the majority of the collection are on display. (Edinburgh)

John Muir’s Birth Place – John Muir’s life and work has inspired people all over the world.  Discover how the boy born in this house became one of the driving forces behind the global conservation movement. (East Lothian)

The Lighthouse History Tour – Join us on a 50 minute tour to learn more about the history of The Lighthouse, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s first public commission and the former head offices of The Glasgow Herald newspaper. (Glasgow)

Lossiemouth Heritage Walk – From dinosaurs to herring smoking to smuggling.  All the things you did not know about Lossie’s history with lots to see, share and enjoy. (Moray)

Maggie’s Centre – Maggie’s Centres provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas’ innovative design of interlocking rooms around a thriving internal garden creates a homely, calming place to visit. (Glasgow)

Mapping Glasgow – Finely plotted or loosely hand-drawn, every map reveals the intentions of the map maker, and another way to view and edit the city. This exhibition presents a variety of maps, each with their own motive, style and story. (Glasgow)

New Victoria Garden Allotment – No two allotments are the same – and this is very true at NVG. Celebrate the Year of Young People with A Scone and a Song in the tearoom – then a relaxing stroll into the secret gardens of Pollokshields! (Glasgow)

North Edinburgh Arts Garden – Created from unkempt land beside North Edinburgh Arts, this is a secret garden with art at the heart, right in the middle of Muirhouse. (Edinburgh)

Old Originals: Guided Walking Tours of Perth’s Built Heritage – Perth is blessed with a wonderful Georgian heritage. Join local historian Dr Norman Watson on a 90-minute walk around the city’s Georgian highlights, focusing on buildings from around two centuries ago which continue to fulfil their original purpose. (Perth)

Perth Transport Futures Project – Perth’s transport infrastructure is significantly expanding with the construction of a 35m major new road to the North West of Perth. Not normally accessible to the public, come along for a tour of the construction site including illustrated presentation and STEM activities for children. (Perth)

The Pipe Factory – A chance to explore this important building, built in 1877 as a clay pipe factory and now housing a burgeoning contemporary arts space. (Glasgow)

River Kelvin Bridges – Stroll through 200 years of history! Our expert guides reveal the hidden industrial past of the River Kelvin Bridges. (Glasgow)

Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland – The Edinburgh townhouse in Rutland Square was gifted by the founder Sir Robert Rowand Anderson and is the HQ of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). (Edinburgh)

SEDA Peninsula Expedition Cycle Tour – Please join the Scottish Ecological Design for their annual Ecological Cycling and Walking tour which this year has been set around Dunoon and the Cowal Peninsula. (Argyll and Bute)

The Seed Box – The Seed Box provides horticultural training and outdoor therapy to adults with additional support needs.

Serf, Sauchie, Silver: A Circular Place Name Walk – What is a place-name walk? It’s a walk through the past and present, through landscape and language, an attempt to see the modern environment through the eyes of the people who gave it the names which we still use today, taking the names themselves as our guides. (Clackmannanshire)

Shaping Spaces: Land Reform and Community Empowerment – Architect Akiko Kobayashi specialises in community-led change in the built environment. Join her for look at how Land Reform and Community Empowerment might re-shape the way we own, build and see the spaces in which we live. (Glasgow)

Sir Patrick Geddes Apartment, Ramsay Gardens – A wonderful opportunity to visit the National Trust Patrick Geddes apartment located within Ramsay Garden in the Old town. (Edinburgh)

Springburn Park And Winter Gardens – A lively tour of Springburn Park and Winter Gardens will take you through the story of Springburn, covering its heritage and history – from the Reid Family and locomotives to the future plans for the Category A listed Winter Gardens. (Glasgow)

Studios and Residence, 5 Melville Street – The studios and residence at 5 Melville Street combine studios for an artist and an architect workshops and living space. (Perth)

Timorous Beasties Design Studio – A rare opportunity to see behind the scenes of design studio, Timorous Beasties. Explore the design and print studio first hand. (Glasgow)

Tullibody Community Garden – Tullibody Community Garden is run by the charity Tullibody Healthy Living. The garden is cultivated by volunteers, who gain valuable horticultural skills, as well as growing affordable fruit and vegetables to encourage local people to create fresh, healthy meals. (Clackmannanshire)

Victoria Park Heritage Trail – Sample heritage and culture from prehistoric times, meeting 19th century benefactors, and remembering those who died on the SS Daphne and World War I. Learn too about the wildlife visitors to the Park. (Glasgow)

WASPS Open Studio – A chance to explore a former tobacco factory that was transformed into artists’ studios in 2001. (Glasgow)

West Port Garden – The West Port Garden opened in 1910, inspired by pioneer ecologist Patrick Geddes, whose vision was to create green spaces among the Old Town slums, where children could play safely and experience the natural world through gardening. (Edinburgh)

Woodlands Workspace – Built in Invergordon and installed in Glasgow in 2017, Woodlands Workspace is an innovative, sustainable new building sitting in the gap site of an old tenement block. (Glasgow)

Unlocking the Story of Maryhill’s Canals – Join Scottish Waterways Trust on a guided tour around the Forth & Clyde Canal to learn about the Botany, boat building and Birthday of the canal. (Glasgow)

Utopia to Carbuncle? History and Legacy of Scotland’s New Towns Movement – Join architectural historian Diane Watters of Historic Environment Scotland and University of Edinburgh, for an examination of the innovation and diversity in the design, reception and legacy of Scotland’s post-war New Towns. (Glasgow)

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