Glasgow: with large areas blitzed by bulldozers and motorways in
what was then described as the largest urban reconstruction
programme in Europe, the city was undergoing a change as traumatic
as the days of the Industrial Revolution when it grew from a pretty
college town into the second city of the Empire within 70 years. It
was perhaps not so surprising, therefore, that the city saw the
arrival of one of Britain's liveliest amenity societies - The New
Founded in 1965 in the realisation that Glasgow is one of the
finest remaining Victorian cities in the world, the society has
always had strong architectural leanings, but it rapidly developed
wider interests to meet the challenges of large scale
transportation and industrial planning.
The aims of the Society are to promote, encourage and stimulate
public interest in, and care for, the beauty, history and character
of the city of Glasgow and its surroundings.
To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in
the Glasgow region in co-operation with other interested
organisations where appropriate.
To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of
features of general public amenity or historic interest.
To pursue these ends by means of meetings, exhibitions, lectures,
publications, conferences, publicity and the promotion of schemes
of a charitable nature.