The Concert Hall in Bellahouston Park as part of the Empire Exhibition. The Concert Hall in Bellahouston Park as part of the Empire Exhibition.
The Concert Hall in Bellahouston Park as part of the Empire Exhibition.

In Pictures: Remembering when Glasgow hosted the Empire Exhibition in 1938

A look back to Glasgow in 1938 when the city hosted the Empire Exhibition

As Britain was on the cusp of war with Germany, Glasgow as the second city of the Empire hosted the Empire Exhibition.

The event was held in Bellahouston Park and ran from May to December 1938. It was a chance to showcase the story of the British Empire as well as introduce local industries and culture from Glasgow.

It was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Mary in May 1938 at the opening ceremony which was held at Ibrox Park in front of a recorded audience of 146,000 spectators.

The Tait Tower from the exhibition was recently voted the favourite lost structure from the Art Deco Era by the Art Deco Society. There have been calls to reconstruct it in Bellahouston Park.

Here’s 10 pictures taking you back to Glasgow in 1938.

It was officially opened by King George VI and Queen Mary in May 1938 at the opening ceremony which was held at Ibrox Park in front of a recorded audience of 146,000 spectators.