Glasgow Steamies

Allan Bovill

Barmulloch Community Centre

23 Mar – 7 May

Glasgow had many public laundries and bathhouses, known as 'Steamies'. They were established in the 18th Century and operated until the mid-1990s, when the steamies closed their doors. The council-run laundries provided washing facilities and baths when few houses, particularly in the 19th Century, had either. Perhaps more significantly, they provided an important social focus and community for many local people.

These photographs by Glasgow-based professional photographer Allan Bovill, were taken in 1986 and are of three steamies in and around Glasgow city centre - Maryhill, Reidvale, and Osborne Street, which is now home to The Modern Institute.

Exhibition in partnership with Street Level Photoworks.


Barmulloch Community Centre
46 Wallacewell Quadrant
G21 3PX
0141 276 0875

Further Information

Street Level Photoworks

Glasgow Life

Glasgow Family Album
© Allan Bovill