Collection DC 023 - Papers of John Hinshelwood, architect and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

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DC 023


Papers of John Hinshelwood, architect and student of The Glasgow School of Art, Scotland


  • 1927-1929 (Creation)

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7 Items

Content and Structure

Scope and content

This collection contains architectural sketches that formed part of John Hinshelwood's training as a student at The Glasgow School of Art.

These include:

  • The Doric Order, 1926
  • Time sketch for a Perfume Shop, Park Lane, Stranraer, Scotland, 1927-1928
  • Design for a Garden Pavilion, 1927-1928
  • Design for a pavilion. 0.5 inch detail, 1927-1928
  • A Memorial to a Statesman, 2 copies, c1920s

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

This material has been appraised in line with Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections standard procedures.


System of arrangement

The material is arranged chronologically.

General Information

Name of creator


Biographical history

John Hinshelwood was born on 21 May 1907, the son of Hugh Hinshelwood, engineer's draughtsman, and his wife Annie McKenzie Cluny. He was articled to John McKissack & Son of Glasgow in 1923, remaining as chief assistant after completing his apprenticeship and studying at Glasgow High School, Glasgow Technical College and Glasgow School of Architecture where he received his certificate in 1929. During the second world war he served under the Commander of the Royal Engineers, first in Glasgow as architectural and civil engineering assistant and subsequently, from February 1941, as clerk of works, supervising the construction of several large military camps. He was elected ARIAS on 21 October 1941 and was admitted LRIBA on 14 April 1942, his proposers being Charles Ernest Monro, John Wilson and the then secretary of the RIAS. At that time he was based in the Garrison Engineer's Office in Stranraer and had been teaching building construction for a year at the Wigtownshire Education Authority evening classes. It would appears that he moved to Glasgow sometime before 1950. Hinshelwood resigned his membership of the RIBA in 1973 and died on 25 March 1990 at Gartnavel General Hospital, Glasgow, survived by his wife Margaret Simpson and at least one daughter who lived in Glasgow.

Archival history

Custodial history

Unknown. Immediate source of acquisition was gift from the archives of Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

Physical Description and Conditions of Use

Conditions governing access

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Language of material

  • English

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Physical Description

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No known copies.

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Collection Historical Note

John Hinshelwood was born in 1907 and worked as an architect. He attended the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland, as an evening student during his time as an apprentice architect from 1926-1930. The architectural sketches in this collection were part of the training he received during his time at the GSA.

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  • Fonds level description compiled by Adele Ashley-Smith, Glasgow School of Art Archivist, 2000-2001.
  • Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 1 October 2001.
  • Updated by David Powell, Hub Project Archivist, 11 June 2002.
  • Fonds level descriptions imported from the Archives Hub 24 August 2006.
  • Archives Hub description updated by Carrie Skinner, Logjam Project Officer, September 2011
  • Catalogue imported into Archon software and edited by Michelle Kaye, Archon Project Officer, May 2014.
  • Catalogue exported from Archon and imported into AtoM during system migration, 2018-2019.


  • English



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Finding Aid Authors: The Glasgow School of Art Archives and Collections.

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