A housewife sweeps her path in the newly-rebuilt Gorbals. The tenements which had formerly occupied this area were among the worst slums in Britain.A housewife sweeps her path in the newly-rebuilt Gorbals. The tenements which had formerly occupied this area were among the worst slums in Britain.
A housewife sweeps her path in the newly-rebuilt Gorbals. The tenements which had formerly occupied this area were among the worst slums in Britain.

Glasgow in 1964: 12 old pictures showing what life was like for Glaswegians 60 years ago

Glasgow was a very different city in 1964 - from the people to the music to the culture - we’re looking back at 12 old photos from the year to see how much has changed in 60 years

Today we’re travelling 60 years into Glasgow’s past to check out 12 old photos and see just how much the city has changed.

1964 was a big year for Glasgow. It was the year the University of Strathclyde was chartered (June 23) - bringing a second university to the city and vastly expanding the student population. The very first part of the M8 motorway between Glasgow and Edinburgh was opened (November 20), which would revolutionise commuting and travel between Scotland’s two biggest cities.

The sixties in general were a defining era not just for Glasgow, but for Scotland, Britain, and the world as a whole. We might think the 2010s and 2020s have been tumultuous decades, but arguably they’re much less divisive than the 60s.

Glasgow was rapidly changing in the post-war years as tenement buildings were pulled down, with high rise towers shooting up in their place. In September 1962, the city also said farewell to their beloved trams which had been a part of Glasgow life for 90 years.

The Beatles played to screaming fans at the Odeon Theatre, Jimi Hendrix lit up Green's Playhouse and The Who played their first extended performance of their new rock opera, Tommy before an audience at the University of Strathclyde in April 1969.

Pele even played at Hampden Park as the stadium hosting the European Cup final in 1960. Scotland were crowned "unofficial world champions" in 1967 when Celtic and Rangers reached the European finals as Celtic became the first British side to win the European Cup.

Here are 12 old pictures looking at life for Glaswegians in 1964.

The sixties in general were a defining era not just for Glasgow, but for Scotland, Britain, and the world as a whole. We might think the 2010s and 2020s have been tumultuous decades, but arguably they’re much less divisive than the 60s.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.