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Press Release

No: 75/2004
Date: 07 April 2004
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The John Mackintosh Hall - Forty Years On

The Gibraltar Museum is pleased to announce the seventh in its popular Tercentenary Series of Public Lectures: "The John Mackintosh Hall – 40 years on" by Geraldine Finlayson, to take place on Tuesday 13 April at 20.30 at the John Mackintosh Hall.

On the 24th of April 1964, the doors of the John Mackintosh Hall were officially opened to the public. The facilities of the Hall were immediately fully booked, and in particular the gymnasium which was extremely popular with ‘Keep Fit’ classes as well as Basketball and badminton players among many others.

But it was not only physical activities that were popular; there were many meetings of other cultural interests and intellectual pursuits. These included lectures; theatrical performances; groups had their meetings there, such as the Chess Club which still meets at the Hall today, and this was the venue for meetings of the Photographic Society who also made use of the Dark Room. And once a year, the Hall was decked out, as it still does today, with entries for the Horticultural Societies ever-popular Flower Show.

Right from the start, the Hall was a popular venue for exhibitions, attracting both local and international artists in its first year.

Since then, the Hall has remained at the heart of Gibraltar. Being the place where people gravitate. From political debates, to international conferences, and exhibitions; from the centre for the counting of the votes cast in our elections, and both the 1969 Referendum and the one held last year; the Hall’s popularity has never waned, and its role as Gibraltar’s Cultural Centre is as strong as ever, leading in the study of Gibraltar’s cultural Heritage in close liaison with the Gibraltar Museum.

In her forthcoming lecture, the Director of the Hall, Geraldine Finlayson, will talk about the role of the John Mackintosh Hall as it has evolved over the last forty years and its place in twenty first century Gibraltar.