Some Thing Is Missing is a community project based in Govan, primarily looking into the history of Water Row.
We are a group of volunteers based in Govan supported by FableVision Studios.
The Some Thing Is Missing Project is part of the larger Water Row Project, and has been created to look into the history of Govan, and specifically of the important sites surrounding Water Row.
While it has been put on hold currently, there are plans to create a pay and display car park behind Govan Cross Church, on the site of many important cultural and historical landmarks in Govan’s history; The Shipyards, The Dye Works, dating right back to medieval times when the site was the location of Doomster Hill – at one point the seat of power in the ancient Kingdom Of Strathclyde. This proposed car park would serve – if the plans go ahead – primarily to benefit the Riverside Museum, rather than Govan itself.
We have taken the radical view point that Govan Is Not A Car Park.
Our aim is to raise awareness about the site, its historical and cultural importance, and begin a dialogue about ways to use the site that better represent the community in Govan. To do this, we are undertaking a historical investigation into the site, looking at archaeological factors, historical accounts, and land ownership issues. We will also be looking at the community impact, and what the people of Govan think about the ways in which the site could benefit them.
As part of this, we are producing a short documentary about the history, the community, and the people of Govan, interviewing expert witness, community leaders, and Govan locals to get a broad spectrum of perspectives on not only the site, but Govan as a whole. There will also be an event at the end of the year which is still in the early planning stages.
Govan is not just any part of Glasgow. It is an important, vibrant, and valuable community. Professor Stephen Driscoll, in his book ‘Historic Govan’, begins with a simple assertion; “Govan has had two eras of greatness – that is two more than most places.”
For more information of the larger Water Row Project, visit http://waterrow.org/