Artist: Margaret Archbold, Garter


A Love Letter to Battlefield Rest

In tribute to Battlefield Rest, Glasgow, which opened on 18th August 1915.

With thanks for the quiet, unassuming role it played in the lives of countless people as they went about their day. Stopping for a minute, buying a paper, changing trams, travelling to work, going to grannies, heading to war, perhaps pausing before entering the Vicky to say a last goodbye.

This beautiful building, like so many others in Glasgow, has stood as witness while our world changed.

With love from all x


Glasgow artist, born and bred, I graduated from Glasgow School of Art. I continue my practice from my studio in The Briggait. My approach to art is eclectic. One of my main subject matters is the swan who lived in Queen’s Park. I paint, draw, sculpt, exhibiting and selling my work and under the name Garter. I also love to write.

I am delighted to participate in the Battlefield Rest project. Family stories, memories, genealogy referencing, and handwriting all fascinate me. The surviving Glasgow buildings that we did our living in and around, stand testament to all that has gone before us.

My Grannie Vi used to tell me stories of Glasgow, of travelling to work by tram in the 30’s. She would get the tram from Carnwadric to the Southside.  When she became engaged to my Grampa Alan, she would get off the tram at Minard Rd and walk the rest of the way to save a ha’penny for her wedding fund. When Battlefield Rest opened, we were at war. Grannie Vie wasn’t born yet, her father was destined for France. My Grampa Alan was 18 months old, living above the Swan Inn in Pollokshaws. Who knew what lay ahead.

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