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Glasgow Museums is a sub brand of Glasgow Life and is the operating name of Culture and Sport Glasgow ("CSG"). CSG is a company limited by guarantee, registered in Scotland with company number SC313851 and having its registered office at 20 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5ES. CSG is registered as a charity with the office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (No SC037844). It operates and carries out its activities under the name Glasgow Life and/or the above sub-brand. Trading Company Glasgow Life and the sub-brand mentioned above are the operating name(s) of Culture and Sport Glasgow (Trading) CIC ("CSG CIC"). CSG CIC is a community interest company, registered in Scotland with company number SC313850 and having its registered office at 20 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5ES. It operates and carries out its activities under the name Glasgow Life and/or the above sub brand.

19/07/2020
Flowers in Pollok Park

In today’s The Burrell Collection activity we explore more of Pollok Park and find some fun flowers – just like some you might find in the Burrell! Have a look in gardens local to you – can you find these flowers? Remember not to pick them!

Ben aged 10 drew this cheery rainbow to make passers-by his window smile, thousands of others did too as a sign of hope ...
18/07/2020

Ben aged 10 drew this cheery rainbow to make passers-by his window smile, thousands of others did too as a sign of hope during the early weeks of lockdown.

Glasgow Museums is collecting objects to reflect the Covid-19 pandemic for the future. We especially want to include children’s experiences. If you would like to donate a rainbow drawing, or something that sums up your home schooling experience or anything else, please send a few words and, if possible, a photo to
[email protected]

Collections in archives, libraries and museums are a reliable and engaging record of previous crisis. They also help us to understand and come to terms with the present by comparison with the past. These items, together with others, will help tell the story of Glaswegians' experience of life during lockdown. This will allow people to look back and understand what we are currently experiencing.

18/07/2020
Trees in Pollok Park

This week The Burrell Collection will take over the summer holiday programme. We are still busy behind the scenes working on the redevelopment but over the next week we will share some activities you can do inside and out and hope you explore your local parks with us! Today join Allison as she discovers some trees in Pollok Park– Can you find these in your local park?

Thank you to everyone who nominated us!From keeping toddlers entertained to home-schooling inspiration and crafty videos...
17/07/2020

Thank you to everyone who nominated us!
From keeping toddlers entertained to home-schooling inspiration and crafty videos: our learning team have been trying all sorts of new ways to work with families from afar during lockdown. Don't worry if you have missed any, you can find all our videos here to do at your leisure. https://bit.ly/2ZBWKkh
#FamilyFriendlyMuseum

17/07/2020

Going ‘doon the watter’ refers to holidays or day trips taken by Glaswegians on paddle steamers down the Clyde and to the Scottish coastline. We would love to hear your memories about going on a trip ‘doon the watter’.
Why not have a go at making your own paddle steamer? #YCW2020

Here’s the string vest, or semmit, worn by Rab C Nesbit in his comedy series. Have you got a semmit on today? Or maybe y...
16/07/2020

Here’s the string vest, or semmit, worn by Rab C Nesbit in his comedy series. Have you got a semmit on today? Or maybe your gutties, jaiket, baffies or bunnet?! What other Scottish words for items of clothing can you think of? Share them with us!

15/07/2020
Guess the Nurse Rhyme

How well do you know your nursery rhymes? We’ve picked some objects from the Glasgow Museums collection and matched them to 3 different nursery rhymes. Can you can guess what they are? Listen out for the sound effects to help you! Share your answers with us using the comments.

Although 2020 will be a very different year we are pleased to see some notable achievements for Glasgow Museums in the A...
15/07/2020

Although 2020 will be a very different year we are pleased to see some notable achievements for Glasgow Museums in the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions 2019 visitor figures report, issued today https://bit.ly/32f3qXw

Glasgow Museums welcomed a record-breaking 4.25 million visits to 9 world-class museums last year.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum recorded a 74% increase, moving up 18 places to 15th on ALVA’s annual survey after welcoming three high-profile names Dippy, the Natural History Museum London’s famous dinosaur, Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing and Linda McCartney. We are preparing to reopen Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and look forward to welcoming visitors back in August https://bit.ly/3j4giWq

Welcome back!The Gallery of Modern Art grounds in Edinburgh have officially reopened for all to enjoy. Containing world-...
15/07/2020
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Welcome back!

The Gallery of Modern Art grounds in Edinburgh have officially reopened for all to enjoy. Containing world-class sculpture trails and a new pop-up cafe, these beautiful green spaces are a breath of fresh air. Free admission and no need to book https://bit.ly/3fwHmeO.

The National Galleries of Scotland are preparing to open their Gallery buildings from August so keep an eye on their social channels and website for more updates.

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

Do you know what a ‘scramble’ is? It was a Scottish wedding tradition where the father of the bride would throw money as...
14/07/2020

Do you know what a ‘scramble’ is? It was a Scottish wedding tradition where the father of the bride would throw money as the bride left in the car to get married. It was meant to bring good fortune, and local children would always be waiting ready to catch the coins! Perhaps you call this tradition a warsel or a scatter instead?

Summer’s here at last and Glasgow Life has a whole range of fun activities to help fill the longer days. Have a go at ma...
14/07/2020

Summer’s here at last and Glasgow Life has a whole range of fun activities to help fill the longer days.

Have a go at making a stained glass window, enjoy a Toddler Time sing-along or even create your very own mini museum object.

Whatever the weather, we’ve got plenty activities to ensure lots of summer fun. For more information visit https://bit.ly/2Zq4Dbk

Last year, Glasgow Museums had the privilege of partnering with Freedom from Torture’s Healing Neighbourhoods to curate ...
13/07/2020

Last year, Glasgow Museums had the privilege of partnering with Freedom from Torture’s Healing Neighbourhoods to curate Cross Culture Connections – a community display at the Kelvin Hall. Using objects from Glasgow Museums store at Kelvin Hall, the group explored their shared cultural and domestic history. Objects chosen to tell their stories ranged from a 7” single of Kenny and Dolly’s ‘Islands in the Stream’ to a Singer sewing machine, showing that despite geographical differences, we’re a’ Jock Tamson’s bairns!

The Freedom from Torture charity works to help torture survivors rebuild their lives. Their vision is a world free from torture. They support survivors to realise their rights to as full a rehabilitation as possible, and ensure they receive effective protection and are not made to return to their country of origin. The charity also works at a strategic level to ensure that States responsible for torture are held to account publicly and the human rights of survivors are guaranteed nationally and internationally.

12/07/2020

We’re now going to reveal the answers to this morning’s two Glasgow Green quiz questions!

The answer to question 1 is C – 1977. People dried their washing on the Green right up until the late 70s. This particular activity started back in 1450 when Bishop Turnbull gifted the land to the people of Glasgow to be used for a number of things - including washing and drying their clothes. A drying green was located to the East of the People’s Palace, near the original washhouse or ‘Steamie’. You can still see the washing poles to this day! The Steamie was such a huge part in women’s lives that a play was written about it, and this was first performed in 1987.

The answer to question 2 is A – Glasgow Green. When Admiral Horatio Nelson died in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 a number of monuments were created around Britain in his honour. The monument in Glasgow Green was erected in 1806, whereas the London one was built between 1840-43.

Why not take a walk on Glasgow Green to find the washing poles and Nelson’s Column?

The People’s Palace team are continuing their Glasgow Green quiz today. Below are two questions to test your knowledge o...
12/07/2020

The People’s Palace team are continuing their Glasgow Green quiz today. Below are two questions to test your knowledge of the Glasgow’s oldest park. The answers will be revealed at 3pm today.

Question 1) At one time, the Green would have been used by local households for drying their washing. When did people stop using it for this purpose?
a) 1450 b) 1987 c) 1977

Question 2) Nelson’s Column is one of the monuments found in Glasgow Green. It stands 44 metres tall in the middle of the Green. Other monuments in honour of Horatio Nelson can be found around the UK, including the famous column in Trafalgar Square. But which one was erected first?
a) Glasgow Green b) Trafalgar Square, London

12/07/2020
Window Art

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian Srebrenica Massacre: Window Art as a Symbol of Hope

Over the past few months we have all seen lots of beautiful rainbows appearing in people’s windows. These represented a symbol of hope for all of us in these strange and sometimes dark times.
Now St. Mungo Museum invite you to create some new window art. It doesn’t have to be anything to do with rainbows! You can use this opportunity to reflect on anything that is going on in the world today, however big or small, light or dark. This short video will give you some tips and techniques for making beautiful art in your window that really catches the sun! Our lights are more powerful when we work positive into the world.

We hope you have enjoyed our week of Srebrenica-themed anniversary posts. To find out more about the Every Action Matters campaign visit:

@RemSrebScot
srebrenica.org.uk

11/07/2020

Here’s the answers to this morning’s quiz questions.
Question 1: The answer is B – the last person to be hanged on Glasgow Green was Dr Edward Pritchard in 1865 after poisoning his wife and mother in law. The first ever public hanging was in 1814. They took place at the McLennan Arch, in an area known as Jocelyn Square. After 1865, executions then took place within prisons, with the last person hanged at Barlinnie prison in 1960.

Question 2: The Answer is C – the Doulton Fountain has been moved twice. It was first displayed as part of Glasgow International Exhibition of Industry and Science (The Great Exhibition) of 1888 in Kelvingrove Park. It was then relocated to Glasgow Green in 1890. However in the later part of the 20th century it was repeatedly vandalised and fell into disrepair. Following refurbishment, it was relocated again in 2005 - this time still within the Green- to its current position at the People’s Palace.

A personal reflection to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide by one of our Learning Team:From 7t...
11/07/2020

A personal reflection to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide by one of our Learning Team:

From 7th - 9th June 2019, I visited Sarajevo and Potočari in Bosnia, a member of a small delegation, all guests of Remembering Srebrenica Scotland. On Sunday 9th we travelled to the Genocide Memorial Centre and associated Museum at Potočari. Both are sited together just a few miles from Srebrenica.

Hasan Hasanović who featured in our 10.am post today and other posts this week shared in-depth reflections about his horrific experiences escaping from unimaginable terror as a 19 year old. Afterwards we visited the exhibition spaces and were overwhelmed by the poignant images and detail on display. I could share images referencing what we saw however they are far too graphic for this forum.

We crossed from the exhibition to a Genocide Memorial Centre which includes a stunning site where over 8000 victims are reinterred. Some images will follow this post. I was surprised to find that this wasn't a sad experience for me. Rather it was peaceful, reflective and offered a source of solace after Hasan's insights and the Museum.

DNA profiling and satellite surveillance had helped forensic experts to identify thousands of bodies in unmarked mass graves across Bosnia. Many of them had been moved from their original burial sites in a crude and cruel attempt to cover the perpetrators tracks. Muslim men and boys, they had all been murdered in cold blood as part of an ethnic cleansing programme from the early 90's up to the 10 day period in 95 that this July 11th anniversary commemorates. The massacre of over 8000 innocent lives is the worst example of genocide on European soil since the Holocaust of WWII.

Finally in Potočari the majority of those killed rest in peace with honour and due respect. There is however a permanent armed guard patrolling the perimeter such is the level of denial in the local community!

Let us commit to make this conflicted world a better place and treat each other with dignity and respect. The alternative is the thin edge of a very dangerous wedge! We have been there too often before and determined that it should never happen again, yet it has.

I'd like to thank Remembering Srebrenica Scotland and in particular, the Very Rev Dr Lorna Hood OBE, QHC, Marsaili Fraser and Robert McNeil MBE for helping everyone to get the most from this experience. Their hospitality and gentle stewardship was very much appreciated.

Please follow the links below for detailed information about what RSS does and to pick up on the 'Every Action Matters' campaign.

Together we can be the difference!
William

@RemSrebScot
#Srebrenica25

Although the Peoples Palace is closed at the moment, we thought we’d take the chance of testing your knowledge of Glasgo...
11/07/2020

Although the Peoples Palace is closed at the moment, we thought we’d take the chance of testing your knowledge of Glasgow’s history. The theme for the weekend is Glasgow Green, the city’s oldest park, in which the People’s Palace sits. We’ve got 2 questions today, and another 2 tomorrow. The answers will be revealed at 3pm each day.

Question 1: Public hangings used to take on Glasgow Green. Crowds would show up to watch them. In which year was the last public handing on the Green?
a) 1960 b) 1865 c)1814

Question 2: The magnificent Doulton Fountain currently sits in front of the People’s Palace. It is the largest fountain ever constructed in ceramic. How many times, if ever, has the fountain been moved?
a) Never b) Once c) Twice

11/07/2020
Never Have War

Today we remember the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian Srebrenica Massacre.

In part three of these poignant reflections about his escape from war, conflict and tyranny, Hasan Hasanovic sheds light on the burden that survivors of war carry.

All three extracts are from Hasan’s Holocaust Memorial Day talk at St Mungo Museum last January. St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art seeks to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none.

To find out how to take part in the Every Action Matters campaign visit
@RemSrebScot and srebrenica.org.uk

10/07/2020
Razzle Dazzle

Follow along with our video to make your own little Razzle Dazzle camouflage boat. All you need is some paper and you can use whatever you have at home to decorate it, we used watercolours to decorate ours. Razzle Dazzle is a type of camouflage used on huge ships in World War One, it wasn't clear if they really helped at the time but the sailors said they felt safer on ships that had the camouflage.

10/07/2020
Witness

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian Srebrenica Massacre:
Podcast reflection on 'Subjugation' and 'Witness', paintings by Robert McNeil.

Robert McNeil was a forensic technician in Kosovo and Bosnia during the Balkan wars in the 1990s. After retiring, Robert started painting some of the sights he witnessed. He also helped provide evidence for the prosecution in the trial of Bosnian Serb army commander Ratko Mladić, on behalf of the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. Mladić was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

Creating artworks about his experiences in Bosnia helped Robert to come to terms with what he had witnessed. This conversation forms part of a podcast, which can be listened to in full at https://bit.ly/3ifCjRu on Soundcloud or find us on Google, Spotify or Apple.

To find out how to take part in the Every Action Matters visit

srebrenica.org.uk

09/07/2020
mini museums at home GoMA

While we can’t get direct access to the 1.6 million objects in our collection, why not make a Glasgow Museum of your own?

In previous weeks we have posted some short videos showing you how to make mini versions of some popular objects from across our venues. All the objects can be made using materials from around your house. Once you have made the object you can research some facts about it online.

Collect, curate and display your very own exhibition without leaving the house!

In this video we will learn how to remake ‘The Way Things Go’ by Fischli & Weiss, usually found at GoMA - Glasgow Museums.

Almost four months of lockdown has shown everyone what life is like without access to the art we love and the culture th...
09/07/2020
Museums Galleries Scotland | Phased reopening planned as museums and galleries look forward to welcoming back visitors

Almost four months of lockdown has shown everyone what life is like without access to the art we love and the culture that gives our lives meaning and helps us grow. At Glasgow Museums we engage with people from every walk of life, every part of the world and from every conceivable background so it goes without saying we are eager to re-open our museums and see our galleries alive with visitors again.

https://www.museumsgalleriesscotland.org.uk/stories/phased-reopening-planned-as-museums-and-galleries-look-forward-to-welcoming-back-visitors/

Phased reopening planned as museums and galleries look forward to welcoming back visitors We warmly welcome the Scottish Government’s announcement that museums and galleries can reopen our doors as part of the third phase of lockdown easing and we are looking forward to greeting our visitors once ...

09/07/2020
Peace Walk

Remembering the 25th Anniversary of the Bosnian Srebrenica Massacre:

Take a peace walk and find flowers to press. Taking a walk in the park, past the water or even in the street can be very beneficial for our mental health. It helps your mood, energy and stress levels. Use this mindful practice today for self reflection and remembrance.

In this video you’ll see how easy it is to do some flower or leaf pressing, using a book and some baking paper. Most importantly, you’ll have to be patient as it will take a couple of weeks for everything to dry. This is a great way to collect physical memories of places you have been on your walks.

Visit this link for some lovely resources: https://bit.ly/3dRCYoY

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Admission to all our museums is free, most have café facilities and a shop, and we warmly welcome children. A small entry charge may apply to some temporary exhibitions. The following museums are closed to the public on Mondays: - Glasgow Museums Resource Centre - People's Palace (The Winter Gardens, adjacent to the People's Palace will remain open on Mondays) - Provand's Lordship - Scotland Street School Museum - St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Gallery of Modern Art and The Burrell Collection are open to the public daily. This profile is monitored regularly & we aim to answer enquiries within 24 hours. For more immediate responses please call 0141 287 4350 during office hours.

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Wonderful to be able to share our WWI programme of exhibitions and displays, including the emotive Brushes with War exhibition currently making its European debut at Kelvingrove Museum, with our Spanish speaking friends.
We're glad you enjoyed our WWI exhibition and displays. With the centenary of the end of the First World War approaching on Sunday, Kelvingrove Museum is the perfect spot to reflect, or learn a little more about this tragic time in history.
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Something for everyone on the first weekend of this year's Glasgow Southside Fringe. History, food, hands-on activities, music, drink, theatre, craft stalls and not forgetting our fortune-telling goat. Special guest appearance by the Laird of Langside and other well-known locals.
Over the weekend of the 12th and 13th May 2018, Langside Community Heritage, Inhouse CIC, and many other amazing community organisations have curated a programme of events in and around Queen’s Park to mark the 450 year anniversary of the Battle of Langside. Langside 450 is not a commemoration or celebration of battle but is about the coming together of the local community and the area’s rich past. Music: Bamya Big Noise Brass Aye Gaynor Barradell Govanhill Voices Horse Whisperer Michael Daly TM The Lovely Choir Thistle Doo Recorder Group and many more! Theatre: Baldy Bane Theatre Company and Locals schools present: ‘For Auld Lang-Side’ - a dramatic and musical journey through the history of the local area! Talks, Tours, and Activities: A symposium of talks on subjects of local interest by community organizations and local historians. There will also be a range of hands-on activities suitable for all ages including: Falconry, Psychic Goat Historical Demonstrations Arts and Crafts Archaeological digs Sign-ups for walking tours of the battle site will be made available soon. Procession: A grand procession and fanfare involving local community groups, artists, musicians, and residents. There will also be food and drink available from a variety of local producers!
Pic shows Will Cooper, curator at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow (GoMA) where one of the most unusual exhibitions to be staged there comes to an end on Thursday (March 18). Mr. Cooper could be forgiven if he feels a certain sense of relief when it closes. For he’s had the task of making sure that the living plants which feature in the show haven’t died during its three months’ run. Artist Aaron Angell, a keen gardener, planted a miniature Victorian greenhouse with ferns and mosses as part of the exhibition. And Will Cooper reveals that, even on his days off, he’s been returning to the gallery to water them. He says: “Aaron would have been very upset if the plants had died so I felt personally responsible for their care.”
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is there parking at Kelvinhall ?