Jun 15 2015

Glenlair opens its door to celebrate Maxwell’s 150th Anniversary

Glenlair will hold a public open day on Sunday 12th July 2015 to celebrate internationally
renowned physicist James Clerk Maxwell’s 150th anniversary of his great paper on
electromagnetism and light.

Glenlair opens its door to celebrate Maxwell's 150th Anniversary

Glenlair opens its door to celebrate Maxwell’s 150th Anniversary

As part of the UNESCO International Year of Light, the Glenlair open day is set to attract both local and international visitors who have both an interest in finding more about Maxwell the physicist as well as witnessing the beautiful surroundings of Glenlair, which was Maxwell’s family home for the majority of his life until his death on 5 th Nov 1879.

As part of the special open day activities, guests will have an opportunity to view the
recently renovated Maxwell Visitor Centre at Glenlair House and take part in one of a
number of guided tours around the property. In addition Glenlair’s spectacular gardens
will also be open to the public, thought to have been designed and planted in part by
Maxwell himself.

Musical entertainment from Father and Daughter duet Andy and Flora Munro and a
large tent selling delicious tea and cakes will make Glenlair open day a fun outing for all
the family to enjoy.

The Glenlair open day will run from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday 12 th July 2015. Entry is £5
per adult, children and car parking are free. All proceeds from the day will be given to
the Maxwell at Glenlair Trust, registered Scottish Charity No. SC030868.

Jul 29 2014

Visitor Centre Re-opens

After almost a year, whilst the oldest part of Glenlair House was being rebuilt, the James Clerk Maxwell visitor centre is again open to visitors. For those Maxwell enthusiasts who would like to visit please make an appointment, by email to fergie@glenlair.org.uk

Glenlair Visitor Centre July 2014

Glenlair Visitor Centre

May 23 2014

Tutto Finito

At last and very nearly on schedule, Glenlair House has arisen from the ashes and Angus and Frances can start moving into their new home. As with any project of this scale there are of course minor adjustments still to be made, but to all extents and purposes, the job is done.
Interestingly enough the finshed article is not that dissimilar to the original plan drawn up by Walter Newall in 1826 for John Clerk Maxwell.

Glenlair House 1826

Glenlair House 1826

Glenlair House 2014

Glenlair House 2014

Apr 03 2014

Quite a transformation

The scaffold is down and the roof is complete affording the opportunity to see just what has been achieved since August 2013. Of course there is still lots to be done, not least in the way of landscaping, but externally at least from the rear view, the building is complete.

Glenlair House August 2013

Glenlair House August 2013

Glenlair House March 2014

Glenlair House March 2014

Mar 24 2014

We’re going to eat well

The dining room appears enormous and although on the North side of the building with its French Windows and South facing glass door should be a delight in which to dine. I know mine host will know how to make the most of its attributes! Externally, the stonemasons, Mathew and Joe have all but completed re-pointing the complete building, whilst the slaters are still struggling to finish the complicated roof over the bay window.

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

The Dining Room

Mathew and Joe finish pointing

Mathew and Joe finish pointing

Dormer Roof

Dormer Roof

Feb 21 2014

Windows 8 – So far

The men are busy fittting windows to the various openings and the stone masons have fitted the skews or Kneelers (if you are English) to the roof edges and even atop the small dormer roofs at the front. Slating of the roof is still not complete, but they are getting there, all be it slowly. Today they were fitting the ridges.

Bay Windows installed

Bay Windows installed

Front windows installed

Front windows installed

Feb 19 2014

Green becomes black

Despite the appalling weather, the slaters have managed to cover a large part of the roof with slates, quite clearly turning the green felt into black slates. The masons meanwhile have almost completed the stonework on the south wall, although they too have been held up, not so much by weather, but by the late arrival of the sandstone facings for the back door.

Slates 2

Slates 2

Slates 1

Slates 1

 

South Wall Rebuild

South Wall Rebuild

Jan 20 2014

Upstairs / Downstairs

Everyday seems to see more and more men on site -joiners, electricians, plumbers, stonemasons roofers and even the odd gopher, cleaning up after them! So there are signs of progress everywhere, to put it succinctly upstairs and downstairs! There’s even a room with a view – of Angus’s office in the garden!

First Floor takes shape - 1

First Floor takes shape – 1

First Floor takes shape - 2

First Floor takes shape – 2

Underfloor Heating sealed

Underfloor Heating sealed

Garden view from First Floor

Garden view from First Floor

Jan 19 2014

Goings on in the bedroom

Well work recommenced on the 6th. January and it is plain that the lads were all well rested as they set to with gusto, ousting poor Angus and Frances from their cosy master bedroom and proceeding to demolish it! I’m sure it will all turn out for the best in the end, but right now it is starting to look much as it did, when Henrietta and I renovated the Lodge in 1992.
So that you can understand what I mean, I attach photos of the bedroom taken then and photos taken today.

 

Master Bedroom 2 - 1992

Master Bedroom 2 – 1992

Master Bedroom 1 - 1992

Master Bedroom 1 – 1992

 

Master Bedroom 1 - 2014

Master Bedroom 1 – 2014

Master Bedroom 2 - 2014

Master Bedroom 2 – 2014

Jan 05 2014

Nice and Cosy

Just before the men knocked off for their well-earned Christmas and New Year break, the plumbers were busy laying the underfloor heating coils on the ground floor. It was hoped to pour the concrete covering before Christmas, but unfortunately the wild wet and windy weather made that impossible.

The stone facing on the two gable ends is well advanced as is the stonework on the first of the two dormers at the front of the building.

 

Underfloor Heating 2

Underfloor Heating 2

Underfloor Heating 1

Underfloor Heating 1

Gable Stonework

Gable Stonework

Dormer Stonework

Dormer Stonework

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