My Land, My Story – Queen’s Dock Yard

As part of our My Land, My Story series were are taking a look at some of Scotland’s transformations, uncovering the history of land and what it has become.

To start, we are headed to Glasgow, and potentially the location of Eurovision 2023! In 1877 the Queen’s Dock yard opened on what is now the SEC. The 64 acres of keys and water built and serviced ships including the Hutchison Line, Clan Line and City Line, and provided mass employment across the city.

In the 1960s as industry began to be moved overseas, the ship yard began to wind down, and in 1970s the Scottish Development Agency started work on making the area ready for new use. Bricks from the St Enoch station and hotel were used to help fill the Queen’s Docks to be suitable for re-use. Fast forward to 2022, and the former docks are now home to Scotland’s home of live entertainment, with three impressive buildings and icons in the Glasgow skyline.

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