Exhibition: Talking Shops

Come along to the Engine Shed's new exhibition 'Talking Shops' exploring traditional shop fronts in all their glory!

Exhibition: Talking Shops

About Exhibition: Talking Shops

Come along to the Engine Shed as we unveil our new exhibition, looking at the architecture and materials used in creating the shops which line our towns and cities.

Stirling Smith Gallery and Lindsay Lennie from Historic Shop Conservation have kindly supplied us with exciting items which you can see on display.

The exhibition, which features photos and artefacts from across Scotland, is intended to celebrate the diversity of styles of shopfronts which can be found across the country. Samples of materials commonly used in shopfronts – such as the toughened, coloured glass Vitrolite, which can still be seen in many historic building facades – will also be on display.

The star of the exhibition is a golden beaver sign, which once took pride of place as part of the shopfront of a Stirling hat shop and now forms part of the collection of the Smith Museum and Art Gallery. Beavers have a long association with the hat-making industry as a source of material and consequently as a symbol of the trade. Resources on traditional sign-writing and a video highlighting Scottish shopfronts will also be on display.

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Image Credit: Historic Environment Scotland

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Exhibition: Talking Shops are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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