The estate of Kilmahew, just above Cardross, twenty miles to the west of Glasgow, has been occupied for around a millennium: first by a chapel, then a castle, then a baronial mansion, and most famously, a Roman Catholic seminary, the masterpiece of the modernist architects Gillespie Kidd and Coia. The estate and buildings were abandoned in the 1980s, and have defeated subsequent attempts at reoccupation, falling into a spectacular and legendary state of ruination.
It is the aim of The Invisible College, established between the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Strathclyde, in partnership with the Glasgow based public art organisation NVA, with the Royal Geographical Society, to reverse this process of decline, and, without restoring the site to some long-lost state of perfection, to turn the landscape and ruins of Kilmahew to productive use.
Date: Monday 2 July 2012
Timings and meeting point: Meet at Glasgow Queen Street train station at 9.10am (train departs at 9.30am); return to Glasgow Queen Street station is estimated for 4.30pm to 5pm.
Booking: Free for registered conference delegates. Advance bookings only; places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Return travel costs from Edinburgh to Cardross will be covered and return train tickets between Glasgow QS and Cardross will have been purchased in advance.
Other: Delegates should bring their own packed lunch. Parts of this trip, and the nature of the site, make it unsuitable for those with personal mobility issues.
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Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and a reserves list will operate once capacity has been reached. A confirmation email will be sent to you within five working days of receipt. All places are subject to confirmation and are only available to registered Conference participants www.rgs.org/AC2012Registration.