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
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 Halls
popularity has never waned, and its role as Gibraltars Cultural Centre is as strong
as ever, leading in the study of Gibraltars 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.