Fablevision Studios is to make a documentary on the Govan Graving Docks after a successful campaign by the Clyde Docks Preservation Initiative [CDPI] to secure crowdfunding for the project.
The film will record the lives of those who last worked in the docks and will put the case for transforming this exemplar of the Clyde’s industrial past into a major maritime history centre and nature park. The CDPI is keen to emphasise that its vision for the site, which the film will cover in detail, is to provide a future which offers long-term social, cultural, and economic benefits (employment and tourism) to the people of Govan, the Clyde and Glasgow.
The CDPI has worked tirelessly to prevent this site going the same way as so much of Glasgow’s built, shipbuilding and industrial heritage. The Govan Graving Docks, which are A-Listed, are presently under threat from a mixed residential project of 750 houses proposed by present site owners, New City Vision.
The CDPI has called on the Scottish Government to address the site’s status and has suggested that Glasgow City Council should issue a compulsory purchase order.
A report in today’s Evening Times notes, “The preservation group and local film group, Fablevision, are now keen to interview those with memories of the docks in full working order as well as get a feeling of what it was like to watch the industry deteriorate. Filming starts next month.”
The CDPI stresses that while this is true, it doesn’t just want to dwell on history and nostalgia, it wants to speak to people who can imagine a new future for the docks in which some active maritime function is retained.
Those wishing to participate should in the first instance contact Mr Iain McGillivray of the CDPI at firstname.lastname@example.org, Fablevision Studios or tel. +44 (0)7977 622 502/0141 4252020 ref. Govan Graving Docks Documentary.