Education Festival


The Trades House of Glasgow launches its first Education Festival this year, creating a unified platform for the many educational projects it supports and runs.  

Education has been an important element of Trades House since it was established in 1605, giving support to the trades people of Glasgow and their families, offering assistance in times of strife and poverty. It housed the Trades Free School for boys and girls from 1806 to 1876, until the responsibility for education was given to the state.

Today, one of the key objectives of Trades House and its 14 Incorporated Crafts is to help organise and/or support education events that help motivate, inspire and reward those in education.

The Education Festival is a unique event within Glasgow, bringing together a wide range of educational establishments including the city's schools, colleges, universities and apprenticeship programmes.

It is being launched on Monday 4 June.  The sheer depth and breadth of these initiatives within the Festival is impressive:  

  • Glasgow School Craft Awards, where certificates are given out to pupils from schools throughout Glasgow for outstanding practice in metalwork, woodwork, design and manufacture, graphic communication, engineering science. 
  • Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards, which celebrates the hard work and inspirational stories behind some of Glasgow's apprentices, on Tuesday 5 June 2018.
  • Craftex 2018, which gives awards and also exhibits the work of Glasgow college students.  This is open to the public from Thursday 8 June to Saturday 10th June 2018.
  • The Trades House of Glasgow Citizenship Competition, which takes the successful applicants from the 'Growing Good Citizens in Glasgow' initiative amongst primary schools, awarding certificates to the most impressive following further judging.  The awards ceremony takes place on Thursday 14th June.
  • The Trades House sponsors 'Determined to Make Movies', a competition designed to inspire and showcase the work of young film makers, is on Friday 8th June at the Cineworld cinema, Silverburn. 
  • 'The Trades House of Glasgow Lecture' takes place on the 14th June at the University of Glasgow by Professor Ian McInnes: "Medical Lessons for the 21st Century".
  • The Trades House Robert Burns Festival took place in January, and this year over 100 talented school children from all over the city showcased their musical and reciting talents.