Digging into Glasgow’s canal past

Our Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage, Lisa Snedden, reports on an exciting day of archaeology along the Forth & Clyde Canal in Glasgow as part of the city’s first ever canal festival.

Under the expert eye of Chis O’Connell, Scottish Canals, and our very own Louise Gamble our wee diggers braved the weather at ‘The Wee Dig’ to uncover evidence of the old Victoria Iron Foundry at the Glasgow Canal Festival. We welcomed people of all ages and abilities to get involved to help inform the past of this fascinating site, get muddy, and have a lot of fun along the way!

Victoria Foundry was established around 1845 by G.B. Edington on the Glasgow branch of the Forth & Clyde Canal. By the turn of the century it was no longer producing iron but had changed to the Victoria Glass Works. Little is known about the buildings other than a collection of photographs of the exterior by John R Hume taken around the 1960’s. This dig continues on from work started in 2011 to find out more about the inside of the buildings.


What could it be?

Digging round some brick walls, this fab family found lots of evidence of burning – just what you want in an iron foundry!


I’ll be hosting lots of community events, walks, talks and volunteering opportunities across Scotland’s canal network over the next three years, thanks to funding from Historic Environment Scotland. If you’d like me to deliver a walk or talk for your group, or you want to hear more about heritage volunteering on the waterways just contact me!