University of Glasgow Settlement Exhibition

29 June – 31 August 2018 in Wolfson Medical Building, University Avenue

1 September – 30 September 2018 University of Glasgow Library (Level 2)


The University of Glasgow Settlement Exhibition tells the stories of different forms of student social action. It is organised in partnership with the University of Glasgow Archive Services, which houses the Settlement collection.  The exhibition is based upon research in the collection and presented within the context of the larger Settlement Movement, also showing the Settlement within the unique Glaswegian context.

The Settlement

The University of Glasgow Settlement in based within the larger context of the Settlement Movement, which began in the 1880s.  The first Settlement began with Toynbee Hall (1884) in London, closely followed by Hull House (1889) in Chicago.  Developing simultaneously on both sides of the ocean, this movement worked to close the gap between the better offs and the poorest of society.  This was largely done through a desire to foster understanding, education, and ultimately immersing themselves in the experience of those less fortunate.

The University of Glasgow Settlement began its life as Queen Margaret College Settlement in 1897, by the students, graduates and employees of the Queen Margaret College.  These women were pioneers of their day and worked to break out of their traditional Victorian Angel of the House role.

Past to Present

The Settlement has existed in many forms over the years, up to present day.  This exhibition follows the story of the pioneering members of the Settlement, from its inception to its current incarnation.

Some of the major achievements of the early days of the Settlement lay in their work with aiming to improve the living conditions of the poorest of Anderston.  They had numerous accomplishments, but most notably this included opening the first Invalid Children’s School in Scotland in 1901 and taking over running the Milk Depot from 1905-1910.  Both of these initiatives worked to make sure that women and children were being cared for. This also led to a series of lectures that culminated in the formation of a School of Social Study and Training, which allowed the students to gain valuable experience while working in the Settlement house.

Currently, the work of the Settlement takes a slightly different form.  The funding of “Find A Solution” internships, which have operated since 2008, is the main focus of the Settlement’s work.  The aim of these internships is connecting students to third sector organisations, which   provides valuable professional experience for students.


Find A Solution Presentation: 31 August 2018 in the Wolfson Medical Building


Future events to be announced shortly.


Further Information


Instagram: @uofgsettlement

Twitter: @uofgsettlement




To learn more about the Settlement collection (DC22), please contact the University of Glasgow Archive Services.