News



April 2017

Sixty Steps wall repair works

Work to repair the section of the Sixty Steps wall below the belle-vue will start on Monday 3 April 2017. This will involve road closures, the removal of up to three trees and some tree pruning. The contractor Covanburn plans to work 7am-3pm with no Sunday working and the pedestrian footpath will remain open. Vehicle access for deliveries can be arranged through the site office. When the works are completed, the concrete blocks on Queen Margaret Road can be removed. Further info in the PDF below.

PDF documentSixty Steps - Community Update April 2017
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January 2017

Meeting on Tuesday 24th January at 7.30pm in Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, 62 Belmont Street.

Glasgow City Council will soon be installing drainage behind a central section of the Sixty Steps wall. At the same time – thanks to support from the Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces initiative, the Glasgow City Council Integrated Grant Fund and Glasgow Community Planning Partnership – the Sixty Steps Preservation Trust will be working with contractors to repair the stonework and railings surrounding the ‘belle-vue’ lookout point. We will also be preparing the groundwork to establish an area of landscaped garden.

Thomson Bicentary Events Calendar

A great website for Thomson fans - the Alexander Thomson Society has launched an events calendar for the bicentenary of Thomson's birth, taking place in 2017.
http://www.alexanderthomsonsociety.org.uk/?page_id=5068



January 2016

The Sixty Steps AGM is on Thursday 11th February, at Kelvinbridge Parish Church, 62 Belmont Street. All Welcome.

2016 AGM

December 2015

The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust will be taking part in the Queen Margaret Drive Winter Festival this weekend.

Come along to find out about the fascinating history of The Steps and learn about what is being done to restore this Thomson structure which is held in special affection by locals and Greek Thomson enthusiasts alike.
Queen Margaret Drive, 9am to 5pm on Saturday 5th December.

November 2015

Local artist Kristina Dickson recently exhibited her painting of The Sixty Steps at the Thistle Gallery in Park Road (www.thistle-gallery.com). As the gallery owner, Carol Dunbar said "Kristina's painting is a truly remarkable piece of mixed media work which deftly captures Thomson's Steps. She has caught their warmth and depth and the juxtaposition of the red and blonde sandstone which typifies much of our West End heritage."

Kristina Dickson painting

August 2015

Volunteers cleaned the overgrown weeds at the top of the steps (click on a photo for the full-size version).

August 2015 cleanup August 2015 cleanup

June 2015

On Sunday 21st June the Sixty Steps had their Annual Open Day from 1pm to 3pm. This was part of the West End Festival. We also had a stall at the Queen Margaret Drive Festival on the same day from 12pm to 5pm.

Photos from the pre-festival clean-up and the festival below.

June 2015 cleanup June 2015 cleanup Queen Margaret Drive Festival 2015 Queen Margaret Drive Festival 2015

May 2015

Hardy volunteers cleaning up in the rain (click on a photo for the full-size version).



May 2015 cleanup

July 2014

The Sixty Steps featured in the West End Festival 2014. As well as a fine performance of the promenade play by actor Patrick Wallace, we had a stand at the Queen Margaret Drive Festival - seen here, with Trust Secretary Shona Quigley and her gorgeous daughters. Thanks to everyone who showed an interest, signed up to be a member, and contributed to Trust funds.

Sixty Steps at WEF 2014 Sixty Steps article in the Herald

June 2014

West End Festival
On Sunday 15th June 2014, please join us at the Sixty Steps at 2pm to mark the installation of the new information signs and a special viewing bench at the Sixty Steps. Hear about the restoration plans and take part in a walkabout performance where actor Patrick Wallace brings 'Greek' Thomson back to life. More information in this PDF flyer:

PDF documentWest End Festival Event, June 2014
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April 2014

New information boards
The Trust is thrilled to announce the installation of two new signs at the Sixty Steps. One has been positioned at the top of the Steps, showing a drawing of the structure. The other sign is sited at the foot of the wall on the old bridge pier. This carries a photograph of Walker's Bridge, which was demolished in the 1970s. A metal marker on the ground shows the photographer's vantage point. The Trust would like to thank Glasgow City Council's Stalled Spaces team for their kind support of this project.

Sixty Steps information board Sixty Steps information board Sixty Steps information board Sixty Steps information board

February 2014

News coverage of photo appeal
Our appeal for photos and memories of the Steps, to help the restoration bid, was featured on STV News. Please contact us via or message us via our Facebook page if you'd like to contribute images.

November 2013

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 from 7.30pm, at Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, Belmont Street Please come to this special evening meeting to hear aboutexciting developments affecting the Sixty Steps and the Greek Thomson wall. Share your thoughts on our plans for this unique Alexander ‘Greek’Thomson structure, and its surroundings. All welcome!

You can download the AGM 2013 notice here:

PDF documentAGM, December 2013
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June 2013

Special West End Festival performance - Intimations of Mortality: 'Greek' Thomson's inspiration
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND In this one-man performance, talented student actor Patrick Wallace plays architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, bringing to life this structure’s inspiration, and giving insight to the creative mind that conceived it. The performance, specially written by Pennie Taylor, takes place around the Sixty Steps, and involves a gentle stroll. Saturday 1 June 2013 - Starts at the top of the steps at 2pm. Finishes by 3pmfree event

You can download the leaflet here:

PDF documentWest End Festival Event, June 2013
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Also, there is a Greek Thomson Walk on Wednesday 12 June at 7pm. Join Roger Guthrie, of the Alexander “Greek” Thomson Society on a tour of West End buildings designed by this mid-19C genius (and some of his contemporaries). Thomson’s work is unique to Glasgow and the West of Scotland and the walk includes the hidden gem - the mysterious "Sixty Steps". Booking and ticket info: Please get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, Byres Road.This tells you where to start the walk! All tickets £7.00. Walks normal duration: about 1h 45m to 2 hours. For further info please contact WEF office on 0141 341 0844.

November 2013

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting takes place on Tuesday 3rd December 2013 from 7.30pm, at Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church, Belmont Street Please come to this special evening meeting to hear aboutexciting developments affecting the Sixty Steps and the Greek Thomson wall. Share your thoughts on our plans for this unique Alexander ‘Greek’Thomson structure, and its surroundings. All welcome!

You can download the AGM 2013 notice here:

PDF documentAGM, December 2013
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June 2013

Special West End Festival performance - Intimations of Mortality: 'Greek' Thomson's inspiration
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND In this one-man performance, talented student actor Patrick Wallace plays architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, bringing to life this structure’s inspiration, and giving insight to the creative mind that conceived it. The performance, specially written by Pennie Taylor, takes place around the Sixty Steps, and involves a gentle stroll. Saturday 1 June 2013 - Starts at the top of the steps at 2pm. Finishes by 3pmfree event

You can download the leaflet here:

PDF documentWest End Festival Event, June 2013
(click the PDF icon, then print or save to your desktop)

Also, there is a Greek Thomson Walk on Wednesday 12 June at 7pm. Join Roger Guthrie, of the Alexander “Greek” Thomson Society on a tour of West End buildings designed by this mid-19C genius (and some of his contemporaries). Thomson’s work is unique to Glasgow and the West of Scotland and the walk includes the hidden gem - the mysterious "Sixty Steps". Booking and ticket info: Please get a ticket in advance from Barretts Newsagent, Byres Road.This tells you where to start the walk! All tickets £7.00. Walks normal duration: about 1h 45m to 2 hours. For further info please contact WEF office on 0141 341 0844.

January 2013

You can now follow us on Facebook Follow Sixty Steps on Facebook. By 'liking' the Sixty Steps Facebook page you can help us spread the word to thousands of new supporters, view photos of the Sixty Steps, add your own photos and find out the latest news.

November 2012

Structural work update

Over recent months Glasgow City Council has begun works to stabilise the Sixty Steps wall, which had been in danger of collapse. Vulnerable sections of the wall will now be carefully underpinned in stages, and stonework will be grouted. The repair work will continue into the new year, and we are extremely grateful that the underlying structural problem is being addressed, and that careful and sensitive repairs are being undertaken to this important monument.
Efforts to raise awareness and funds for a full restoration continue. If you would like to help, please get in touch via our contact page

BBC site plans invite responses

Detailed plans for the redevelopment of the former BBC site on the other side of the river Kelvin from the Sixty Steps structure have now been formally lodged with the Council. In summary, the plan comprises 19 townhouses and 79 flats. The development proposes low-level housing facing Hamilton Drive, and a series of blocks of flats, ranging up to 6-7 stories, overlooking the river. You can view the plans and associated documents online

You can download our November 2012 newsletter here:

PDF documentSixty Steps Newsletter, Nov 2012
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June 2012

This year there are several Sixty Steps related walks, talks and events at West End Festival 2012:

May 2012

On Saturday 26th May, volunteers are needed for a Community Clean Up in partnership with Glasgow Community and Safety Services, Land and Environmental Services.
Starting from 10am at the Sixty Steps, Queen Margaret Road, and finishing at 1pm. Please wear suitable clothing. Children under 16 require adult supervision.

January 2012

The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps have recently been featured on Edwin Moore's excellent website "A Glasgow Album".

  

June 2011


We hope you enjoy this excellent short film about The Sixty Steps, by documentary filmmaker Johan Jakobson

May 2011

West End Festival

The Sixty Steps is once again featuring in the West End Festival programme. On Thursday 16 June at 7pm, Roger Guthrie of the Alexander Thomson Society will give a talk about the Sixty Steps from the foot of the steps on Queen Margaret Road. Look out for our listing in the WEF programme, and come along if you can.

Annual General Meeting

The Greek Thomson Sixty Steps Preservation Trust’s next Annual General Meeting will be held on 20 June 2011 at the Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church on Belmont Street, starting at 7.30pm. The AGM is an opportunity to find out more about the work of the Trust, and to share any questions or comments.

You can download our May 2011 newsletter here:

PDF documentSixty Steps Newsletter, May 2011
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September 2010

Can you help with the Doors Open weekend?

This year, for the first time, the Sixty Steps structure is featuring in the Glasgow Doors Open weekend, which runs on Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 September. Local residents will be on hand to meet and greet visitors between 10am and 4pm on both days, and volunteers are being sought to hand out information and collect the contact details of anyone who wants to keep in touch with the restoration appeal.

If you'd like to help by taking slot in the residents’ rota, please contact Shona Quigley by emailing her at shona.quigley@ntlworld.com or calling her on 07771-837907.

Gordon Urquhart returns - by popular demand

The last time historian Gordon Urquhart gave a talk about the architect Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson and his Sixty Steps it was heavily over-subscribed. There was not even standing room in the Botanics in June, and people had to be turned away, but there will be plenty of capacity at the Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church when Gordon repeats his popular presentation on the evening of Friday 17 September.

Staged as part of the Glasgow Doors Open weekend, the talk will start at 7.30pm and will run for an hour. It is free and no booking is required, so please bring friends and family along to find out more about our West End gem. The Kelvin Stevenson Memorial Church is at 62 Belmont Street G20 6JR.

Fundraising given a welcome boost

It has been a good summer for the Sixty Steps fundraising appeal. £82 was donated to the Trust by those who attended the Botanics event in June, and special thanks for that go to Gordon Urquhart who gave the talk, to Roger Guthrie who conducted a special guided tour of the wall, and to Ann Laird of Friends of Glasgow West who helped to organise it all.

In addition, our Waitrose 'wee green token' appeal raised a magnificent £290. Shoppers at the Byres Road branch did us proud, and we thank them all for their generous support.

Awareness of the wall grows

Public awareness of the Sixty Steps has been significantly raised over recent months. As well as featuring in a number of events in the West End Festival, and in Waitrose, the local BBC website ran a special article that has helped to bring many more people to see the structure for themselves. As a result, we have been approached by architect firm Simpson and Brown of Miller Street, who have offered to help us plan the proposed restoration. Their support is warmly welcomed.

You can download our September 2010 newsletter here:

PDF documentSixty Steps Newsletter #5, September 2010
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July 2010

The Sixty Steps have recently been featured on the BBC website:

"The B-listed Sixty Steps which connect Garriochmill Road to Kelvinside Terrace are unusual in that they are Thomson's sole surviving structure."
"As part of the West End Festival, historian Roger Guthrie led a walk through Glasgow's West End examining Alexander Greek Thomson's buildings including the Sixty Steps. Guthrie explained that the structure is more than just a public staircase connecting one street to another. Designed towards the end of Thomson's life, the steps are an architectural treasure-trove."
"A blank doorway is cut into the retaining wall of the Sixty Steps perhaps signifying Thomson's thoughts on mortality with the door representing a passageway into the next life. "
- BBC article

June 2010

Waitrose wee green tokens to support our funds

SHOPPERS AT Waitrose on Byres Road are being given the chance to support The Sixty Steps Preservation Trust by depositing the wee green tokens they receive at the tills in one of the clear Perspex charity boxes by the front door. At the end of the month, Waitrose will count the tokens and make a welcome donation to the Trust's funds. Please consider us for your tokens, and encourage your friends to do the same!

The Sixty Steps and the West End Festival

A REMINDER that The Sixty Steps is to feature in a number of events being held during the 2010 West End Festival (www.westendfestival.co.uk). The wall will play a key part in Roger Guthrie's popular West End walks, and on Monday 21 June at 6pm historian Gordon Urquhart presents an illustrated talk at the Kibble Palace in the Botanic Gardens, where there will also be a photographic exhibition by Tom Donald (kindly sponsored by Friends of Glasgow West). The event is free, so please try to come along if you can.

Neighbours get together for garden clear-up

A WARM 'thank-you' to all the residents who got together on 24 April to clear litter and debris from the fenced-off garden area on Kelvinside Terrace South. The junk has been successfully cleared, and it was great to meet so many people of all ages who clearly care about our local ‘site of special interest’.

Sixty Steps deemed worthy of special protection

The Sixty Steps has been identified by Glasgow City Council as a significant West End landmark that is worthy of preservation. The structure features in the Glasgow West conservation area draft appraisal, which has been put out for public consultation – the deadline for that is 9 July.
This beautifully-illustrated and informative document defines and evaluates the character and appearance of the proposed revised Glasgow West conservation area, and represents an important first step towards the protection and enhancement of key features, such as the Steps.
Copies of the draft appraisal, and the consultation response forms, are available on the Council website or by calling the Heritage and Design department on 0141-287 8635.

To find out further background about our work to date you can download our June 2010 newsletter:

Word documentPDF documentSixty Steps Newsletter June 2010
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1 June 2010

Friends of Glasgow West presents — The Sixty Steps

Photographer Tom Donald's images of Victorian architect Alexander "Greek" Thomson's magnificent public staircase and monumental retaining wall. Unusually, these hidden west end gems are owned by the local community, with ambitious plans to restore them to their original glory. Includes factual history of the Sixty Steps.

Venue: Kibble Palace, Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road

Date: Sat 12 — Sun 27 June

Price: Free Event

1 March 2009

Our website is launched.

1 Dec 2008

The Trust has been progressing its involvement with local owners and residents and has also been making enquiries about different options for funding the next stages of their project following the Feasibility Study.

1 Dec 2007

Our Annual General Meeting was held on 18th September 2007 in the Kelvin Stephenson Memorial Church in Belmont Street, Glasgow.

Two years ago the Trust obtained, with the top class support of our local councillor Jim McKechnie, a generous grant from the City Council and Glasgow West Conservation Trust, to instruct an independent firm of engineers to carry out a survey. This was completed some time ago and we were reassured that, whilst the engineers identified plenty of work that needs to be done, they were of the view that our objectives could be achieved. The amount involved will ultimately however be around ¾ of a million pounds if not more. The engineering report forms the first stage in the gathering of material for major grant applications.

How To Help

If you would like to become involved in restoring the Sixty Steps please get in touch. You can also download membership and standing order donation forms from this site.