The Clyde and the slave trade - impact on Glasgow

The first series of lessons sought to investigate Glasgow's links with the Slave Trade. This second series of lessons examines how Glasgow's geographical location and the waterway of the River Clyde served to promote the generation of levels of wealth which were re-invested in both economic and social projects which benefited the development of Glasgow both at the time and subsequently. Large-scale investment of the type identified in the historical context of 18th Century Glasgow mirrors the massive regeneration projects undertaken during the late 20th and early 21st centuries centring upon the Merchant City and the Clyde waterfront.

This second series of lessons provides both a historical perspective on the creation of the area populated by Glasgow's merchant class and a modern perspective on the regeneration of the Merchant City undertaken by both the private and public sectors over recent years. It serves to illustrate in a tangible, experiential way the enterprise and dynamism engendered by planned interaction between private developers and local and national government as well as European Agency funding. The contribution of these to employment and wealth creation as well as environmental and social improvement will also be considered.

This will be developed in an arts and craft project on the creation of the Merchant City in Glasgow which has been the focus of substantial urban regeneration and redevelopment over recent years. This could take the form of a model of the original Merchant City showing the development of the area during the 18th Century under the aegis of Tobacco merchants such as Buchanan and Glassford and of modern regeneration under the private and public partnership.

Broad Outcomes of learning

  • Subject knowledge gained and enhanced
  • Enhanced feelings of citizenship through consideration, in a practical, experiential way, of the aesthetic, social and environmental benefits of urban development and regeneration
  • Employability skills enhanced - application of knowledge in a real situation, attitude and opportunities for employment highlighted
  • Learners took responsibility for their own learning through independent research and by contact with outside agencies responsible for urban regeneration in Glasgow and on the Clyde waterfront
  • Enterprising skills and attitudes developed (ACfE) through working as a team.
  • Learners evaluated individual and team work as they progressed through self- and peer- assessment (AifL)
  • Confidence of working and learning to be independent and presenting completed work to adult audience

Relevance to curriculum

  • Learners investigate in a practical, experiential fashion key themes of enterprise, urban regeneration, employment, wealth creation, social and environmental improvement, investment strategies and heritage thereby covering a series of cross curricular and cross-cutting themes

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