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1901 Glasgow International Exhibition

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General Description

The exhibition took 2 years in the making from 1899 - 1901 to prepare both grounds and buildings to host the International Exhibition at Glasgow, on the banks of the River Kelvin. The General Manager was H. A. Hedley

The Exhibition buildings consisted of two main portions, one devoted to industrial exhibits, the other machinery. Attached to the main building was a Grand Concert Hall that was able to accommodate 5000 people. The total area covered by the buildings, apart from the Fine Art buildings and Concert Hall was 60,000 square yards. The Industrial section accommodated 26,000 square yards; the Machinery section - including boiler and dynamo houses - 20,400 square yards, and the Grand Avenue, 8400 square yards.[1]

The Building was designed by James Miller, I.A, Glasgow. Structural designs done by architect C. R. Bonn, M. Inst. C.E., of Babtie and Bonn.

Apart from showcasing British technological prowess, other nations were represented, notably Russia and Canada.

Attendance over the 6 months was 11.5 million.

During this period an International Engineering Congress was also held in Glasgow.

1901 Article. Exhibitors included:- [2]

Articles in The Engineer

Articles published in The Engineer describe in detail the setting up and running of the Show. Read them at the following links:

Electric Machinery

Machinery Section

A series of articles dedicated to machinery that was shown at the Glasgow International Exhibition.

Steam Engines

A series of articles dedicated to Steam Engines that were shown at the Glasgow International Exhibition.

Machine Tools

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. The Engineer 1901/02/22, p185
  2. Fielden’s Magazine Vol 4