Queen's Crescent, Glasgow

In 1928, Scottish War Blinded purchased premises at Number 2 Queen’s Crescent, Glasgow providing vocational skills training and permanent employment for members in cane weaving, mat-making and boot repairing. Although non-residential at Queen’s Crescent, the initiative allowed many members in the West of Scotland to secure a wage without the need to travel great distances and enjoy the same camaraderie experienced at Newington House.

Products members produced were sold at 2 Queen’s Crescent and trade exhibitions in the West of Scotland including the Ayrshire and Renfrewshire Agricultural Shows, Glasgow Flower Show held in St Andrew’s Halls and the Ideal Home, Housing and Health Exhibition at the Kelvin Hall.

Based on the continued success of the Linburn Scheme, Scottish War Blinded initiated a programme of development and modernisation at Queen’s Crescent during the 1960s to provide an opportunity for members to develop new trade skills pioneered at Linburn. Within five years, new equipment had been installed to enable members to learn to produce wire, plastic, leather and wooden products.

Members embraced the opportunity to develop new trade skills and confidence grew rapidly in meeting the challenges of producing a wider range of consumer products displayed in a newly constructed, spacious showroom. By 1976, Scottish War Blinded members at Queen’s Crescent had increased its production capacity by 800% as a result of securing further contracts from Government Departments, industry and private orders.

A moderated approach to industrial operations was introduced as the majority of members approached retirement age in the 1980’s. In a similar approach adopted at Linburn, regular outings to places of interest were organised and a Wednesday Club was established inviting guest speakers to Queen’s Crescent.

Working alongside the after-care department, which moved to Queen’s Crescent in 1984, Members were provided assistance in terms of identifying suitable retirement accommodation both in the West of Scotland and at the Linburn Hostel. A drop-in service was also available for advice and information.

The workshops at Queen’s Crescent closed in 2002.