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The Queen Margaret Union Building

Queen Margaret UnionOn this day in 1968, the current Queen Margaret Union (QMU) building was inaugurated by the Principal at the time, Sir Charles Wilson, at the bend in the University Gardens.

Here’s the building presented in all its glory. The odd shape is not a part of the architectural design, but rather the result of creating the above panorama. I rather enjoy creating photos like this one of the buildings on campus, especially of the not-so-pretty ones. Wonder what building I should try next?

On a side note, concerning one of my running themes on this blog, I’m wondering if the Union buildings should be named after someone, like most buildings on campus. Most people refer to the buildings as either the QMU or the GUU, but the building itself doesn’t have an official name, like the Gregory Building (bottom left corner), or the Sir Alexander Stone Building (right side of the photo).

More “On This Day” entries can be found on Glasgow University Story website at, maintained by the Archive Services. Information also from University Story site.

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© 2010


4 responses

  1. Raj

    I always get confused by the Alexander Stone Building, since as far as I’m concerned it’s the Modern Languages Building, although I understand that Modern Languages got shifted out and into the Hetherington Building. It’s what, law, now?

    As for the QM, you could argue that it’s named after Queen Margaret ;).

    March 19, 2010 at 9:55 am

    • You’re not the only one. People still refer to it as the Modern Languages Building, and current Modern Languages Building is still called the Hetherington Building, which itself is often confused for the Hetherington House, which housed the Hetherington Research Club.

      Let’s add to the pile the fact that there’s also a Alexander Stone Building up at the Garscube Estate, housing the Departments of Medical Oncology and Microbiology, whereas the Sir Alexander Stone Building in the photo above, as you said, belongs to the School of Law.

      Just wait until the restructuring takes place, it could become quite a mess, changing Departments into Schools and Faculties into Colleges.

      March 25, 2010 at 4:42 am

  2. Is the QMU building the ugliest on Campus. Carbuncle anyone?

    March 25, 2010 at 3:08 pm

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