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Remembering Bourdon Part 4: In the trenches

Fiona Hall writes about a recent discovery in the GSA Archives and Collections in the last post of the ‘Remembering Bourdon’ series. A recent discovery within the correspondence is a notice advertised in the School on behalf of Bourdon requesting care packages for his men, and attached to the poster is an image of Bourdon taken in the trenches sometime during 1914-15. It is difficult to articulate how it felt opening this item and glancing

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Remembering Bourdon part 3: Bravery and Life at the Front

Fiona Hall continues with her research into Eugène Bourdon and his experience of World War I. 1915: Bourdon’s bravery and life at the Front.  In 1915 Bourdon kept up regular correspondence with the School, and alongside the ongoing issues regarding his salary, it is clear that he also wished to be informed of events and life at GSA. He expressed interest in the development of the Roll of Honour and in the events of the

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Remembering Bourdon Part 2: Captain Bourdon

In this week’s post Fiona Hall continues with the story of Eugene Bourdon who was killed at the Battle of the Somme. Captain Bourdon ‘I trust, therefore, that you will have no further disquietude… but rest contented that although you are absent in body your spirit rules over the school which is at once your creation and your monument’. Secretary John M. Groundwater to Bourdon, July 1916. This second instalment of Bourdon’s story will focus

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Remembering Bourdon: Part 1

Exactly 100 years ago today on 1 July 1916, Staff Captain Eugene Bourdon, GSA’s first professor of Architectural Design was killed in France at the Battle of the Somme. As a mark of respect, an information board has been placed in the foyer of the School’s Reid Building to commemorate Bourdon’s ultimate sacrifice. Later this year (from November 5th), an exhibition ‘Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield’ will open in the Reid Building

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Eugene Bourdon: From the Classroom to the Battlefield

Now residing in the Reid Building ground floor corridor is the exhibition Eugène Bourdon, From the Classroom to the Battlefield. This exhibition focuses on the career of Paris-born Eugène Bourdon, The Glasgow School of Art’s first Professor of Architectural Design whose life was lost while serving with the French Forces at the Battle of the Somme in July 1916. Curated by the GSA Archives and Collections Curator, Peter Trowles, this exhibition displays some of the 100+

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About Highlights Related POsts View in Catalogue The Glasgow School of Art has taught architecture for over 100 years. Our collections include information about the curriculum, examples of staff and student work, and drawings relating to GSA buildings, including our world-famous Mackintosh Building (1909); our category C-listed Assembly building (John Keppie and Henderson, 1930); and our award-winning Reid Building (Steven Holl Architects, 2014). Our photograph collections also contain many unique images of Glasgow architecture. In

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Halloween and the Day of the Dead: Part 2!

Following the post ‘Halloween and the Day of the Dead: Part 1!’ we continue with the story of George Oliver. George Oliver “An art school training, with drawing as the favourite means, plus a life-long enthusiasm for people and places, combined to make George Oliver a wide-ranging observer, not least because of the pen, in time, gave way to the camera as a recording medium”. George Oliver is perhaps less well known in the couple

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Home Front Memorial Project and The Belgian Connection

Project Assistant Fiona Hall gives an update on some of the potential avenues of research she has found in ‘Home Front Memorial Project and The Belgian Connection’. Hello! I thought I would update on my progress so far, it’s been a few months since my last post regarding the Home Front Memorial Project. However, you may have noticed my blog posts on Bourdon, a figure that I thoroughly enjoyed researching. It’s always a joy to

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