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366 Days of Architecture

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Sunday 3rd January 2016

A Citizen's Playwright

On 3rd January 1888 O H Mavor, known as James Bridie, the physician and prolific playwright, was born in Glasgow. Mavor is perhaps most famous for the play 'The Anatomist', based on the life of Dr. Robert Knox. He was the main founder of today's building, the Citizen's Theatre in Glasgow, with his cousin, the author Guy McCrone. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the Edinburgh Festival. This image of the stage was taken in April 1977: a brand new survey of the theatre is scheduled for early 2016 prior to a major restoration.

Saturday 2nd January 2016

From the Ba' to Fitba...

From the traditional football of yesterday's Ba' in Kirkwall to football as we now know it: today's building is the red brick main stand of Ibrox Stadium, home of Glasgow Rangers Football Club, built in 1928 by Archibald Leitch & Partners and comprehensively recorded by RCAHMS in 1990. The stadium, like many other grounds has been the sight of many a goal on the 2nd January, a New Year Holiday in Scotland, although this year the Gers play away at Dumbarton.

Friday 1st January 2016

A New Year Tradition in Orkney

Our 366 day calendar, celebrating Scotland's architecture, innovation and design, starts at St Magnus' Cathedral, Kirkwall, as seen in this image taken by our photographer Steve Wallace in 2004. When the cathedral bell strikes one o' clock on New Years Day the Ba' commences, an exciting game played by hundreds of Orcadians on Kirkwall's streets. It's an annual traditional football battle of scrums and surges between two teams, the uppies and the doonies. The former must get the ba' (ball) to their goal at the site of the former old town gates, whilst the latter seal victory by immersing the ba' in the waters of Kirkwall Bay. May the best team win!