historic preservation

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Petition to Glasgow City Council, Historic Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Restore Govan Graving Docks in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park #SaveGovanDocks

We the undersigned request Glasgow City Council, along with other relevant stakeholders, support the renovation of the Govan Graving Docks at Clydebrae Street in Glasgow to create a shipbuilding heritage park on the site. As much as possible of the existing dock structure should be retained, including the renovation of the pump house building as a café and visitor centre. The site is Category-A listed and identified in the Register for Scotland as being at risk. It is a significant part of the city’s industrial heritage however since closing down it has fallen into disrepair through years of neglect. It consists of three large drydocks that were capable of accommodating the largest ships in the world when they were built. The dock walls are of solid granite and despite showing much cosmetic wear they are likely to be structurally intact. Most other docks in Glasgow have been filled in to make way for modern developments and this is one of the few remaining docks on the Clyde, apart from those still in operation, that have not been completely filled and built over. As such any modern developments that would destroy the character of the site should be ruled out. A shipbuilding heritage park would be a major tourist attraction for Glasgow and fit well with other redevelopments in the surrounding area such as Pacific Quay and the Riverside Museum. Further information on the site is available at The site is one of the most important features of Glasgow's industrial heritage and represents a major opportunity to educate future generations about the city's past in a way that is more meaningful than looking at old photographs in a museum. Glasgow was once at the forefront of global shipping and there is still potential for Govan Graving Docks to be used partly as a working dry dock again. This could allow restoration of historic ships to de done as a key feature of the development. A shipbuilding heritage park it has been estimated could create up to 250+ meaningful long term jobs and learning opportunities for young people in heritage, skills preservation, leisure, tourism and urban ecology. This would be a major boost to a city that is seeing a proliferation of low-grade retail. If developers are allowed to build luxury flats on these docks then this opportunity will be lost forever.

Iain McGillivray
8,914 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Andrew Slaughter, Mike Cartwright, Mayor., Steven Cowan LBHF, Tasnim Shawkat, Kim Dero


Do you know what your local park in White City is called ? It's called Hammersmith Park​ even though it is no where​ near Hammersmith main streets, shops, flyover or Bridge. WIKIPEDIA actually lists it as Shepherds Bush and as we already have a Green there l think it's perfectly reasonable to have our park called White City. It is after all on the edge of our Estate. It is also set near all the developers boards announcing new homes, hotels, leisure facilities and shops at White City living and White City Place. People come to work here via White City Tube station.  Imperial have named their innovative ground   breaking new campus, at the top of Wood lane, White City. " WHITE CITY PARK "is a 1.4 mile walk from Hammersmith Town Hall on King St . IT TAKES WELL OVER 20 MINUTES TO GET TO HAMMERSMITH ON FAIRLY SWIFT FEET !! We have other aptly named parks and open spaces in the area. Wormholt Park near Wormholt Estate and Wormwood Scrubs by Wormwood Prison/ Old Oak Estate. Ravenscourt Park is considered to be the Boroughs flagship park, yet it bears it's geographic location name. Why has our rich heritage of the White Pavilions from the Great Exhibitions of 1902 to 1910 been ignored, not to mention the Olympics and Commonwealth games. I have no idea how it came to be named Hammersmith but l believe this is an opportune point in time to have it changed. We can ask our council to take us seriously, amend the borough maps and website. We can urge our MP Andy Slaughter and ward Councillors Colin Aherne, Max Schmid, and Sue McMillan to assist. I can request Google to verify its new name as a local guide level 8. We can then proudly direct people to their own park.  None of this will happen though till we reach 100 signatures. Every resident living in Batman Close, Wood Lane, along South Africa Road, Loftus Road, Frithville Gardens and on White City Estate is eligible to sign. Imagine if they did !  It would be a loud declaration of pride in where we live and a powerful claim of honourary ownership of our park. So you see every signature gets us nearer to that great vision and helps create a genuine 21st legacy for our children and grandchildren. We are not a satellite of Hammersmith. We want to play and picnic in a park  that is called WHITE CITY.  I PROMISE YOU A RELAUNCH OF THE PARK WORTHY OF ITS NEW NAME.    

Suzanne Iwai
62 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Etienne Lengereau

Help get a memorial plaque for incredible female artist who has no tombstone!

May Alcott Nieriker was a nineteenth-century American painter who achieved many remarkable accomplishments as a single woman in Paris between the years of 1870-1879. At a time when women were not admitted to the beaux arts and were forced to pay double in tuition at the private art schools of Paris, May daringly travelled alone to pursue an art career at the age of thirty. She made a great impact on the Parisian art scene: being exhibited at the Paris Salon twice (1877, 1879) and publishing a book, Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply (1879), providing practical advice for other young American women who wished to study in painting in Europe. Her art was truly radical—protesting against the continuing enslavement of African peoples—and was even celebrated by John Ruskin: the most influential art critic of the period. However, if you go to the Montrouge Cemetery today, you won’t even know she’s buried there. While May’s family ensured there was a tombstone for her in her hometown of Concord where she is not buried, there is no plaque to mark the site of her remains in Montrouge. This is because her burial lot was not renewed ten years after her death, as her husband had returned to Switzerland. As a consequence, she was moved to the common grave where there is no plaque to commemorate her. In order to change this, we need to send a petition to the Mayor of Montrouge, Etienne Lengereau, with enough signatures to convince him that it’s worth investing in a memorial plaque for May. Please sign this petition—women artists deserve to be commemorated in monuments just as much as men! For more information on May see this short video: *** Pétition pour installer une plaque commémorative à une artiste sans pierre tombale. Artiste peintre Américaine ayant séjourner à Paris de 1870 à 1879, May Alcott Nieriker accomplit des choses incroyables pour une femme célibataire du XIXème siècle. À une époque où les femmes étaient inadmissibles aux Beaux Arts et donc obligées de payer deux fois plus pour s’inscrire dans les écoles privées, May voyagea courageusement toute seule à Paris pour poursuivre une carrière de peintre à l’âge de trente ans. Ses œuvres eurent beaucoup d’impact sur la scène artistique de Paris ; elle exposa deux fois au Salon de Paris (1877, 1879) et publia en 1879 Studying Art Abroad and How to Do It Cheaply [Étudier l’art à l’étranger et le faire sans trop dépenser], un livre destiné aux autres jeunes Américaines voulant étudier l’art en Europe. En tant qu’artiste, elle était très engagée, et son œuvre radicale dénonça notamment l’esclavage du peuple africain. Elle fut même célébrée par John Ruskin, le critique d’art anglais plus célèbre de l’époque.             Cependant, si vous allez aujourd’hui au cimetière de Montrouge, vous n’y trouverai aucune trace de sa présence. Bien que sa famille lui ait consacré une pierre tombale dans sa ville natale de Concord aux Etats-Unis, il n’y aucune plaque commémorative pour indiquer sa dernière demeure à Montrouge. Son caveau ne fut pas renouvelé dix ans après sa mort à cause du déménagement de son veuf retourné en Suisse. Par conséquence, ses dépouilles furent transférées à la fosse commune où il n’y a aucune plaque ni pierre tombale la commémorant.             Pour remédier à cette négligence, nous comptons envoyer au maire de Montrouge, M. Étienne Lengereau, une pétition avec autant de signatures que possibles pour le convaincre qu’il vaut la peine d’installer un plaque en l’honneur de May. Nous vous prions donc de signer cette pétition, et d’affirmer que les femmes artistes méritent d’être commémorées à la même hauteur que leurs confrères masculins. Merci d’avance de votre aide. Notre vidéo Youtube, sous-titrée en français, explique notre démarche ainsi que l’importance historique de May Alcott.   

Azelina Flint
138 supporters