Photography Scotland’s Season of Photography:
01 September – 30 November

Talk of the Steamie

Various Artists

    Allan Bovill: Glasgow Steamies

    Glasgow Steamies provides an insight into the steamies of the 1980's when they were starting to head into decline as more people began to own their own washing machines. The photographs were taken in 1988 and are of three steamies in and around Glasgow city centre - Maryhill, Reidvale and Osborne Street, which is now home to The Modern Institute.

    Brian Scotchburn Snell: Last Day at the Washhouse

    On the 31st March 1977 two of Edinburgh's public wash-houses, McLeod St and Lochrin closed their doors for the last time as traditional Steamies. Brian Scotchburn Snell undertook a photo essay on that day recording these important community facilities and particularly the women (and very few men) who gave them so much character. These are Giclée photographic prints on archival quality Fine Art paper.


    A selection of material relating to wash-houses, including those produced in Rags to Riches workshop with Annette St primary pupils.

    Manchester Women in Wash-houses

    A selection of images used by Frances Worsley in her research into women and Manchester wash-houses.

    Image Caption

    © Allan Bovill

    • Venue
      Govanhill Baths
    • Address
      99 Calder St, Glasgow, G42 9RA
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      0141 433 2999
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