By Lucy Ashton
NEW stained glass windows have lit up the Link corridor at Glasgow Royal Infirmary thanks to students from City of Glasgow College and the Trades House of Glasgow.
They are the latest in a series of glasswork installations commissioned by the Trades House, one of Glasgow’s oldest charitable institutions.
The newest windows celebrate the Incorporation of Coopers, the body representing the city’s historic barrel-making craft, and the Incorporation of Fleshers, which once regulated the meat industry in Glasgow.
John Carson, Chief Nurse North Sector, said: “For hundreds of years the Trades House and Glasgow Royal Infirmary have supported the people of this city and the care of the people of Glasgow is still at the centre of everything we do at Glasgow Royal Infirmary every day.
“These magnificent stained glass windows are a testament to the craftsmanship still alive in the city and a fitting tribute to our shared history. We are genuinely privileged to have them at GRI and I know staff get a lot of joy having these stunning installations here.”
So far, six windows are in place and it’s planned that the 14 crafts of the Trades House will each have their own window in the corridor, with each window featuring a blue coloured panel representing the flow of the River Clyde.
Student Anne-Marie Smith’s design was chosen by members of the Coopers and weeks of painstaking cutting, grinding and leading went into creating the artworks.
Eilidh MacKenzie of City of Glasgow College said: “Let’s hope they can aid the recovery of patients.”
Window is unveiled by reps of the Trades House and City of Glasgow College students.