Video: Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust appeals for new board members to help its work

By Ian Marland at

A popular community venue in the West End is seeking new help.

Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust wants new board members to take its work forward.

The trust saved the historic burgh halls from dereliction, raising money for its restoration nearly ten years ago.

Historic: The burgh halls reopened after a £9.6m restoration project.

The building opened in 2011 after £9.6m was raised to restore it.

Now it hosts events, rents out office space, and is a venue for weddings and public gatherings.

Key posts including chairman and treasurer are now up for grabs.

The trust is also wanting to recruit people with skills in finance & audit; marketing & social media; experience of working with different age groups; health and safety skills; and heritage and museum management.


Watch: Manager Melanie Farrow and the Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust.

Melanie Farrow is the halls’ manager. She said new blood was needed to take the building and its work forward.

“It’s a very exciting place to be – every day is different, and you just don’t know what to expect when you come in.

“There’s only two members of staff up here at the halls, myself and a heritage manager.

“So we rely on a team of volunteers, including voluntary board members.

“It is extra board members who we are now looking to recruit now.”

She said: “We are after a variety of people – a chair and a treasurer.

Melanie Farrow:

“It’s a very exciting place to be – every day is different, and you just don’t know what to expect when you come in.

“There’s only two members of paid full-time staff here at the halls, myself and a heritage manager.

“So we rely on a team of volunteers, including voluntary board members.”

“And we are currently looking for a variety of other skills.

“It is a great place to be involved in and we don’t actually ask for any minimum time, apart from attending quarterly board meetings people – and then people can Skype these if they can’t get along.

“So, we’ve got people who just attend the board meetings to people who that’ll pop in and lend us their support.”

Maryhill Burgh Halls was built as a seat of municipal government in 1878.

By 2001 it was derelict and placed on the city’s buildings at risk register.

Restoration work, started in 2009, has now created a modern public hall with office space, a recording studio, nursery, and a courtyard garden.

* For details on how to apply for the posts visit here.