Life in Old Letters: Treasures of Glasgow's Archives

In a public talk, Dr Jenny Bann brought to life 300 hundred years of Glasgow and local history, as captured in a new digital collection of letters from local archives. Hear about the lives of lords and shopkeepers, drunken students from the 1760s, homesick travellers comparing Australia to Greenock, soldiers writing home to Glasgow from the French-Indian War, and professors fined two shillings for breaking a walking stick over a student's head.

Don't miss Thomas Crawford's Diary, 1825. A young man emigrating to Australia from Scotland in 1825. The long journey by sea took five months; we'll be putting his diary entries up on the dates he recorded, albeit 185 years later.

Here is a selection of documents drawn on in Jenny's talk: