Molendinar Lecture 2024
'Baghdad by Kelvinside' and the craftsmen Glasgow forgot

Fatima Manji

14 June | Glasgow City Chambers (Map) | from 5.15 pm

The award winning journalist, broadcaster and writer Fatima Manji presents this year’s Molendinar Lecture on the theme of Glasgow’s built heritage and the forgotten histories of its builders. It is chaired by His Grace Archbishop William Nolan, the Archbishop of Glasgow, who will give a vote of thanks to close the event.


Fatima Manji’s journalism has included breaking major national and international stories including the tale of the Saudi princesses held hostage for years by their father the king, investigating an Mi5 spy accused of entrapment in northern Ireland and giving voice to the heart rending testimonies of victims of war in Iraq. She spent more than a decade reporting for and presenting Channel 4 News.


Her book Hidden Heritage explores the secret stories of art and architecture across Britain, unravelling the country’s long relationship with the ‘Orient’. It has been critically acclaimed for its fresh perspective on a nation struggling with identity and the legacy of empire.


5.15 pm – Civic reception.

6.15 pm – Welcome from Glasgow’s Lord Provost & response from Chair of MGT.

6.45 pm – Lecture.

7.30 pm – Q & A followed by a vote of thanks from Archbishop William Nolan

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