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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.

We are delighted to host 2 x 12 month Traineeships in partnership with Next Step Initiative for people from African and ...
14/01/2020

We are delighted to host 2 x 12 month Traineeships in partnership with Next Step Initiative for people from African and Caribbean or ethnic minority communities, currently underrepresented in the cultural and heritage sector workforce.
More information:
https://bit.ly/36Fnr8V

06/01/2020

Morning, just to let you know we're open again as normal and look forward to welcoming you in 2020.

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season. Just to let you know all Glasgow Museum venues, with the exception of GMRC, ...
03/01/2020

We hope you all enjoyed the festive season. Just to let you know all Glasgow Museum venues, with the exception of GMRC, are open again as normal. GMRC will reopen on Mon 6 Jan. We look forward to welcoming you in 2020.

Venus Disarming Cupid goes on display, post 4The restored sculpture is now on show in the Looking at Art gallery in Kelv...
30/12/2019

Venus Disarming Cupid goes on display, post 4

The restored sculpture is now on show in the Looking at Art gallery in Kelvingrove Museum, we hope you agree it looks striking.

This short series of images provides a brief insight into the conservation of a 3D object. At Glasgow Museums we care deeply about protecting the items in our care for future generations to enjoy. Although the techniques may be different we hope this delve behind the scenes will encourage everyone to look at objects on display in a new way and consider the work carried out to prepare them for show.

Throughout 2020 a series of short workshops and talks on the sculpture will be given at Kelvingrove Museum, we will post details of these events on Facebook nearer the time.

Behind the scenes - conserving Venus Disarming Cupid, post 3In Roman mythology, the Goddess Venus’ son Cupid creates cha...
29/12/2019

Behind the scenes - conserving Venus Disarming Cupid, post 3

In Roman mythology, the Goddess Venus’ son Cupid creates chaos with his arrows, which cause their targets to fall blindly in love. This sculpture shows Venus, a loving mother keeping Cupid’s arrow just out of his reach.

The first image shows how lasers were used to find the correct angle needed to attach the missing pieces to the sculpture. The second shows one of 16 holes that were carefully drilled to allow eight fibreglass rods to be inserted into the sculpture, holding the conserved and reconstructed fragments in place.

These photographs highlight the important behind-the-scenes work our conservators’ undertake on our world-class collection to prepare an object for display.

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year. We wanted to share our festive opening hour...
29/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year.
We wanted to share our festive opening hours.
Museums, with the exception of GMRC, will be open as normal from Fri 27 to Mon 30 Dec.
We will then close on Tues 31 Dec, Wed 1 and Thurs 2 Jan, reopening Fri 3 Jan 2020.
GMRC will reopen on Monday 6 Jan.
You can find full details here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW.

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

Bringing Venus Disarming Cupid back to Life, post 2After 100 years on display the sculpture became dirty. As well as nee...
28/12/2019

Bringing Venus Disarming Cupid back to Life, post 2

After 100 years on display the sculpture became dirty. As well as needing a clean, repairs were required. The figure of Cupid was without a head and Venus was missing her right arm holding an arrow. Without these parts, it was impossible to understand the image.

Brandon Hamer, a conservation student from Durham University, found fragments which had become separated. This made reconstruction possible in keeping with conservation ethics and principles and practice for stone and sculpture preservation standards. Comparisons with another version of the image in the collection of the Staatsgallerie Stuttgart, Germany, meant he was able to reconstruct the missing pieces and re-assemble the Glasgow version.

Venus’ missing lower arm and arrow were accurately modelled in wax, then cast in plaster, refined and re-integrated completing the image.

Venus Disarming Cupid - a conservation storyWe’re often asked how we clean and repair objects in our care if they become...
27/12/2019

Venus Disarming Cupid - a conservation story

We’re often asked how we clean and repair objects in our care if they become dirty or damaged over time. We’ve recently redisplayed a sculpture from the 1840s by Ludwig von Schwanthaler called ‘Venus Disarming Cupid’, you can see it in the Looking at Art gallery in Kelvingrove Museum.

In a series of short posts over the coming days we will share a little about the conservation work that was undertaken by our team.

The piece was first exhibited in a major art exhibition in the mid-19th century, where it was celebrated by the public and in the newspapers of the day. We hope you will enjoy the beauty, quality and lifelike character of the conserved marble sculpture.

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year. We wanted to share our festive opening hour...
27/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year.
We wanted to share our festive opening hours.
Museums, with the exception of GMRC, will be open as normal from Fri 27 to Mon 30 Dec.
We will then close on Tues 31 Dec, Wed 1 and Thurs 2 Jan, reopening Fri 3 Jan 2020.
GMRC will reopen on Monday 6 Jan.
You can find full details here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW.

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year. We wanted to share our festive opening hour...
26/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

We hope you had a lovely Christmas, not long until we welcome in a new year.
We wanted to share our festive opening hours.
Museums, with the exception of GMRC, will be open as normal from Fri 27 to Mon 30 Dec.
We will then close on Tues 31 Dec, Wed 1 and Thurs 2 Jan, reopening Fri 3 Jan 2020.
GMRC will reopen on Monday 6 Jan.
You can find full details here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW.

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

Make sure you know when our Museums are open during the festive period. View our opening hours here: https://bit.ly/2Z4y...
23/12/2019

Make sure you know when our Museums are open during the festive period. View our opening hours here: https://bit.ly/2Z4yxRX

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.We are open as normal unti...
23/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.We are open as normal unti...
21/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours. We are open as normal unt...
19/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours. We are open as normal unt...
17/12/2019
Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums — Glasgow Life

It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas....so we wanted to share our festive opening hours.
We are open as normal until end of day Monday 23 December then closed on Tuesday 24, Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 December.
You can find full details through until Friday 3 January here https://bit.ly/2YWupTW

Festive opening hours across Glasgow Museums

Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums & CollectionsGlasgow Merchants’ Investment in PurpleThe profits from Scottish-own...
12/12/2019
Glasgow Merchants’ Investment in Purple

Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums & Collections

Glasgow Merchants’ Investment in Purple

The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop their local Caribbean communities. One such area that profited was Glasgow’s burgeoning dye industry.

To read further see here:

https://bit.ly/2RniQn1













The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop their local Caribbean communities. One such area that profited was Glasgow’s burgeoning dye industry.

The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop th…

05/12/2019

**FURTHER UPDATE** The power failure at Scotland Street School Museum has been resolved and the venue will be back open as normal tomorrow, Friday 6th December. Thanks for your patience while we have been dealing with this issue.

05/12/2019

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** Scotland Street School Museum has had to close today (Thursday 5th December) due to a power cut in the area. We will update as soon as we have more information about when we will reopen. We apologise to all our customers for any inconvenience.

Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums & CollectionsGlasgow Merchants’ Investment in PurpleThe profits from Scottish-own...
05/12/2019
Glasgow Merchants’ Investment in Purple

Legacies of Slavery in Glasgow Museums & Collections

Glasgow Merchants’ Investment in Purple

The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop their local Caribbean communities. One such area that profited was Glasgow’s burgeoning dye industry.

To read further see here:

https://bit.ly/2RniQn1













The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop their local Caribbean communities. One such area that profited was Glasgow’s burgeoning dye industry.

The profits from Scottish-owned plantations in the West Indies that used enslaved men, women and children were returned to Scotland and invested in industries here rather than helping to develop th…

29/11/2019
Glasgow Sport

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GREAT NEWS! We've won the award of World's Leading Festival and Event Destination 2019. Thanks to everyone who voted to help us win this brilliant accolade. We'll continue to work hard to ensure Glasgow maintains its global reputation for hosting world-class events and festivals.

GoMA and Glasgow Museums are delighted to announce an incredible award through Art Fund and 14-18 NOW enabling us to col...
27/11/2019
New Acquisition: John Akomfrah ‘Mimesis: African Soldier’

GoMA and Glasgow Museums are delighted to announce an incredible award through Art Fund and 14-18 NOW enabling us to collect a major work by one of the most important contemporary British artists. John Akomfrah’s 'Mimesis: African Soldier' (2018) will be a powerful addition to the Glasgow Museums’ collection visibly telling the stories of people from the Commonwealth who were called up and served under the British Empire, addressing a significant gap in the story about World War I that Glasgow Museums’ collections currently tell. We are thrilled to be working again in partnership with Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on the joint acquisition of this work.

GoMA and Glasgow Museums are delighted to announce an incredible award through Art Fund and 14-18 NOW enabling us to collect a major work by one of the most important contemporary British artists. …

Riverside Museum
20/11/2019

Riverside Museum

The Riverside Museum has unveiled a new display today inspired by the achievements of one of Scotland’s most influential inventors, James Watt. Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency, sponsored by Aggreko, considers James Watt’s pioneering spirit and his legacy in a modern-day context, where the desire to be increasingly energy efficient to combat climate change is ever-present.

Going Green – The Drive for Energy Efficiency connects today’s global pressing need for renewable energies and inventions that reduce our reliance on finite fuels with James Watt’s inventions, which saved large amounts of fossil fuels.

The centrepieces are a Tesla Model S P85+ and a rare Honda Insight Mk1 from 2000.

#GoGreen #Sustainable #ElectricCars

Preparations for tonight's fireworks at Glasgow Green are underway, this means you can only access People's Palace from ...
05/11/2019

Preparations for tonight's fireworks at Glasgow Green are underway, this means you can only access People's Palace from London Road.
Just for today you can only enter the Palace until 3pm, but if you are inside by then you're free to stay and enjoy the museum until 5pm.

Preparations for tonight's fireworks at Glasgow Green are underway, this means you can only access People's Palace from ...
05/11/2019

Preparations for tonight's fireworks at Glasgow Green are underway, this means you can only access People's Palace from London Road.
Just for today you can only enter the Palace until 3pm, but if you are inside by then you're free to stay and enjoy the museum until 5pm.

Glasgow Life
01/11/2019

Glasgow Life

🥑 Today is #WorldVeganDay 🌱

Did you know that Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum are celebrating #MeatFreeMonday with a selection of delicious plant based meals on their menu during the Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibition? 🥗 https://bit.ly/2S7WYd3

Get Creative at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre with art sessions for adults affected by cancer. Sessions are led by the...
01/11/2019

Get Creative at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre with art sessions for adults affected by cancer. Sessions are led by the Learning team and offer taster art workshops to try new activities from printing, clay, painting and more.

All sessions are informal, with a chance to explore the fascinating museum objects then get hands-on in a craft session. Sessions are free, all materials are provided, and no experience is necessary!

Find a session here: https://bit.ly/335gYCC

Happy Halloween! It's the spookiest time of the year and to mark the occasion we're sharing this eerie painting 'Gloamin...
31/10/2019

Happy Halloween! It's the spookiest time of the year and to mark the occasion we're sharing this eerie painting 'Gloamin', 1889, oil on panel' by George Henry. It was painted during the Victorian era; the golden age of belief in supernatural forces.

The Gloaming refers to that twilight time when ghosts and witches are about. Glasgow Boy painter George Henry was fascinated by local superstition and folk tales. What do you think - is the seated woman at the fireside being put under a spell? This unearthly painting from Glasgow Museums' collection can be found at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre .

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020Theme: Stand TogetherGlasgow Museums are delighted and honoured once again to be participatin...
21/10/2019

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020
Theme: Stand Together

Glasgow Museums are delighted and honoured once again to be participating in Holocaust Memorial Day 2020. We are continuing the successful approach of working in partnership with Secondary Schools in Glasgow, to develop skills and expertise, so that they can fully present this conference within St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, in January 2020. Our participating schools this year are: Rosshall Academy, Holyrood Secondary and St Andrews Secondary.

The theme for HMD 2020 is Stand Together. This explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity each year for people around the UK to stand together with those in their local community, across boundaries of faith, age and ethnicity. We all learn about those affected by genocide around the world and take action for the future.

Images: © Glasgow Museums. Puplis from Rosshall Academy, Holyrood Secondary, St Andrews Secondary, Glasgow.

https://bit.ly/2Ib0m5j
#holocaustmemorialday

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General information

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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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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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.
Glasgow is the city of Mackintosh, the forerunner of modernity (architecture and design) with many museums (all free!). It also has a medieval part and street art that makes it very pleasant to visit -->
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 the sand pit at Riverside Museum coming back anytime soon....??? 😀
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is there parking at Kelvinhall ?