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27/03/2020
Want to see your photo in an exhibit?!For our summer exhibit “Coming into view: photographing Glasgow” we are asking for...
11/03/2020

Want to see your photo in an exhibit?!

For our summer exhibit “Coming into view: photographing Glasgow” we are asking for your photos! We want your recent (2020) photos of Glasgow with a title, a short description about what Glasgow means to you and how you want your name displayed with your image.

You can enter by sending us, the Open Museum a Direct Message on Facebook until March 18th 😊. We will incorporate as many photos as we can into the exhibit using projections and prints but will give priority to the images we receive first.

For more information, to see our privacy policy and other ways to submit your photos see our link here: https://bit.ly/38IvDFE

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge (including the Glasgow Life Website, social media channels, Advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications).

We can’t wait to see your creativity!

We are a bit late for International Women's Day but still wanted to celebrate artist, collector, art therapist and pione...
09/03/2020

We are a bit late for International Women's Day but still wanted to celebrate artist, collector, art therapist and pioneer - Joyce Laing. She is a woman of many talents and Glasgow Museums has much to thank her for ❤️. She donated her collection of Art Extraordinary to us in 2012, which has led to new exhibitions and conversations about art and mental health.

Today we were accessioning objects in our stores. These lovely items are from a collection of travel souvenirs.
02/03/2020

Today we were accessioning objects in our stores. These lovely items are from a collection of travel souvenirs.

We had a full house for our Museums and Older People training today at GMRC. You can join our next session in May. More ...
25/02/2020

We had a full house for our Museums and Older People training today at GMRC. You can join our next session in May. More info here: https://bit.ly/2UGiPfJ

25/02/2020

We are at the Trades Hall today, attending the conference, meeting service providers and talking about our work. Then on to the Glasgow City Mission for a creative writing workshop, inspired by the guest’s lived experience.

Look at those glasses 😍! In April 1977 Glasgow photographer Eric Watt took this photograph of an East End car market, wh...
20/02/2020

Look at those glasses 😍! In April 1977 Glasgow photographer Eric Watt took this photograph of an East End car market, which is going on display in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum this summer.
We would like to know more about the photo – do you recognize the man in the sheepskin jacket? What was the market called and did you buy a car there? Share with us in the comments below 👇 🚘

"Art is to console those who are broken by life.” Project Ability (A visual-arts organisation) celebrated their exhibiti...
17/02/2020

"Art is to console those who are broken by life.”
Project Ability (A visual-arts organisation) celebrated their exhibition opening ‘Extraordinary Responses’ last week which is on display at their galleries till Feb. 22nd! We’ve been working closely together to explore our Art Extraordinary collection and a social media post just can’t capture the amount of work or creativeness that this journey has inspired! Read about the exhibit and their experiences here: https://bit.ly/37AwibI

We need your input! This photo of a record shop on Cathcart Road was taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt and is goin...
06/02/2020

We need your input!

This photo of a record shop on Cathcart Road was taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt and is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum this summer. We would like to know more about the shop –
Do you know what it was called? Do you remember buying records there? Share with us in the comments below 👇!

Photo is © Glasgow Museums

Today some of the groups at Alzheimer Scotland also created artworks based on our hedgehog and bug handling kits.
04/02/2020

Today some of the groups at Alzheimer Scotland also created artworks based on our hedgehog and bug handling kits.

Today we visited Alzheimer Scotland's Resource Centre to install a display of artwork from our Museum Connections projec...
04/02/2020

Today we visited Alzheimer Scotland's Resource Centre to install a display of artwork from our Museum Connections project. This artwork was created in response to museum collections by people affected by dementia with artist Janie Nicoll.

We need your input! This vibrant photo taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum...
31/01/2020

We need your input!

This vibrant photo taken by Glasgow photographer Eric Watt is going on display in Kelvingrove Museum this summer. The Urdu signage says that savory food is sold here as well as sweets🍬. We would like to know more about the shop – which street was it in, who ran it, what did it sell?
If anyone remembers this shop, please let us know in the comments below👇 !

Photo is ©Glasgow Museums

Something exciting is coming to Kelvingrove this summer! 🤩Coming into view: Photographing Glasgow is an exhibit which wi...
30/01/2020

Something exciting is coming to Kelvingrove this summer! 🤩

Coming into view: Photographing Glasgow is an exhibit which will feature photos taken of Glasgow by Eric Watt (1934-2005) and images captured by community groups working with the Open Museum team. 📷

Together, these images will show what Glasgow means to the locals from very different perspectives. The image below by Eric Watt shows the Grand Hotel at Charing Cross being demolished to make way for the M8 motorway.

But we need your input on some of the photos…stay tuned for our next posts!

It's out! We co-authored this publication with an amazing working team: 'Cultural heritage for wellbeing'. Our   project...
30/01/2020

It's out! We co-authored this publication with an amazing working team: 'Cultural heritage for wellbeing'. Our project was featured as an inspiring case study. Grateful to all involved in this amazing collaboration!

The Open Museum team also collaborates with groups who are restricted to places such as hospitals and prisons. These pro...
27/01/2020

The Open Museum team also collaborates with groups who are restricted to places such as hospitals and prisons. These projects are diverse, and form based on participant interests, but all have the potential to foster well-being; Objects can inspire individuals to imagine beyond their walls and in collaborating on a project participants can also share their perspectives and experiences.

The image below is a photo taken at the community exhibit held in Po***ck Civic Realm 'Art Extraordinary' which is focused on the relation between art and mental health.

Today is   so we are sharing some objects which make us happy! We often use cameras and mobile phones to capture the mom...
20/01/2020

Today is so we are sharing some objects which make us happy! We often use cameras and mobile phones to capture the moments and memories which are important to us and bring us happiness. Plus, these cameras are related to exciting Open Museum events happening this year - Stay tuned!
The pictures below include a slide in a viewer and an old Kodak camera (Do you remember these?) which come from our Snap! Photography handling kit.

The Open Museum typically works with communities that can't or won't visit the museums. One of the areas the team addres...
18/01/2020

The Open Museum typically works with communities that can't or won't visit the museums. One of the areas the team addresses is homelessness and poverty in Glasgow... How can we address these social issues in the city?
And how can we incorporate these Glaswegian narratives and experiences into the museums?

These are a few images from past projects investigating these questions among others.
Photos taken by

Lovely session this morning at Tron St Mary's toddler group. We looked at our bug box, admired our wee hedgehog then mad...
14/01/2020

Lovely session this morning at Tron St Mary's toddler group. We looked at our bug box, admired our wee hedgehog then made some insect crafts.

One of the areas the Open Museum focuses on is an "Age Friendly Glasgow" - That is we work with older groups, sometimes ...
13/01/2020

One of the areas the Open Museum focuses on is an "Age Friendly Glasgow" - That is we work with older groups, sometimes with dementia. We often work with community partners to provide these groups access to museum collection handling kits which can be used for reminiscence and encouraging conversation.

It has been shown that handling objects can encourage social interaction, reflection and overall health!😊

Happy new year's! ✨ We are back and looking forward to all this year has in store for us and our communities!  that the ...
06/01/2020

Happy new year's! ✨ We are back and looking forward to all this year has in store for us and our communities!

that the museum turns 30 this year? 🎉For 30 year's we have operated as the outreach branch of Glasgow museums working with local communities. This month we will be sharing a bit about how the museum works and using the collections to tell stories about past and current projects.... Stay tuned!!

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

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

Carrying on with our celebration of events we undertook in the run up to International Migrants day, 18th December, we l...
22/12/2019

Carrying on with our celebration of events we undertook in the run up to International Migrants day, 18th December, we look to Roza Salih once again.

4. Collecting around migrant-led activism – get involved!

We mentioned Roza Salih yesterday and in response to Glasgow Museums’ call out for stories and objects around migrant-led activism and solidarity movements, Roza has donated the megaphone she used during the campaign she was involved in to raise awareness of the poor treatment of asylum seekers. Roza, at 15 years of age, joined six of her friends to successfully campaign against the deportation of their friend Agnesa Murselaj from the UK. Known as the ‘Glasgow Girls’ they subsequently went on to campaign against the detention of children in UK immigration centres. If you have a story or object that could be used to tell stories of migrant-led activism or solidarity movements in museums then please get in touch.

The photo below shows Roza protesting against the ongoing Turkish offensive into Rojava (Kurdistan in Northern Syria).

Continuing our theme of International Migrants Day celebratory events we look at:3. ‘Museum As Ballot Box’During the Ref...
21/12/2019

Continuing our theme of International Migrants Day celebratory events we look at:

3. ‘Museum As Ballot Box’

During the Refugee Festival Scotland 2019, Glasgow Girl and human rights activist Roza Salih (see image below) collaborated with us to host a workshop which looked at the voting rights of migrants. Many migrants are currently not legally permitted to vote in UK – to have a conventional voice in elections. In our own ballot we asked attendees to ‘vote’ or nominate objects that they felt could represent their life experiences in the public space of a museum.

This was the beginning of a project that has a lot of potential to grow! If in Glasgow, get in touch if you would like us to support you to host something similar.

Open Museum Outreach Trainee & Glasgow Museums Events Trainee Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums are delighted to host 2 x 12...
20/12/2019

Open Museum Outreach Trainee & Glasgow Museums Events Trainee

Glasgow Life, Glasgow Museums 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. Funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and supported by a learning bursary, Trainees will gain a Level 3 SVQ Museums and Galleries Practice and experience of working in Glasgow Museums for a year. For an application pack contact [email protected]
For further information on Glasgow Museums employability opportunities please email [email protected] (Due to the holiday period enquiries to this mailbox will be responded to after 7th January 2020.)

Following International Migrants Day, Wednesday December 18th, this week we are looking at some of the collaborative col...
20/12/2019

Following International Migrants Day, Wednesday December 18th, this week we are looking at some of the collaborative collecting, events and projects we’ve been a part of at Glasgow Museums.

Influenced by Somali and Glaswegian designs the ‘Home and Hospitality’ crockery set was crafted with love by Najma Abukar https://bit.ly/2PV3NhW and Ruth Impey https://bit.ly/2Z2EHlF. It was commissioned by Kuche https://bit.ly/2sI0nHx with the support of the CCA https://bit.ly/36RRAl0. Earlier this year, Najma asked a group of people with very different life experiences to reflect on their ideas of home, belonging and identity. In creating a photo that was felt to be representative of these ideas, collaborators reflected and chose how they wanted to be seen. Excitingly, Glasgow Museums is currently in the process of accessioning it into the city’s civic collections with the view for communities to be able to borrow it from the Open Museum in the future!

As we continue to mark National Migrants Day, which took place yesterday, we look at another event that happened earlier...
19/12/2019

As we continue to mark National Migrants Day, which took place yesterday, we look at another event that happened earlier this year.

2. Shaah Iyo Sheeko (Somali for Tea and Chat) at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

This open event as part of Black History Month sparked lively conversations regarding community representation and collaborative collecting with the museums. A panel comprised of the artist Najma Abukar, Mohamed Omar, Ahmed Ibrahim (Sunshine Koffee) and Hanna Ali, came together to discuss representation and highlight the voices and visibility of Somalis in Scotland. It inspired conversation regarding the next steps in coming together to create spaces for related dialogue and visibility.
Collaborators Dr Emma Hill and Mohamed Omar shared research that they have been working on which you can also view here on the The British Sociological Association's Blog: https://bit.ly/2Sc1jP5

By Mohamed Omar, Mental Health Foundation and Emma Hill, University of Edinburgh How is history written and by whom? These are questions that have been raised with frequency across the decolonising movement and in particular, by the Cadaan Studies movement, which has focused on knowledge production....

To mark International Migrants Day this week, the Open Museum looks back at some of the long term collaborative projects...
18/12/2019

To mark International Migrants Day this week, the Open Museum looks back at some of the long term collaborative projects we’ve co-developed with communities with lived experiences of navigating the UK immigration system and how to get involved.

1. Future States, Future Archives
The Open Museum worked with artist Anahita Razmi to host a round table discussion with Iranian Diaspora in Glasgow. Together we opened up conversations around the historical links between museums, archives, perceptions of national identities, borders, notions of home and the future of the state of Iran.

This discussion later became the focus of an exhibition held at the Glasgow’s Botanical Gardens, The Future is Iranian Classical Music was co-curated by Iman Tajik, and featured performances by Musicians in Exile’s Aref Ghorbani and Mohammad Champiri.

It’s an ever unfolding process of engagement, provoking thought and conversation, related donations and most recently a UNESCO walk in Drumchapel.

In this photograph musician Mohammad Champiri is playing an Iranian instrument known as a ney. Separated from his instruments in Iran, Champiri improvised one from a piece of Japanese knotweed that he found in a Drumchapel park.
https://bit.ly/2Z1JSC9
Photograph by Iman Tajik (2018)

Wonderful to see our student placement Abigayle talking about her research into our older people's programmes at the Gla...
10/12/2019

Wonderful to see our student placement Abigayle talking about her research into our older people's programmes at the Glasgow Museums Research Conference today!

These vintage grocery goods are inspiring out holiday baking! Does anyone remember buying these? We very much appreciate...
09/12/2019

These vintage grocery goods are inspiring out holiday baking! Does anyone remember buying these? We very much appreciate that the Nairn's biscuits are labeled as an 'asset to health' 🙌 😍

These objects are from our Shopping 2 object handling kit, read more about our kits here: https://bit.ly/36jPzOl

Our final Coffee and Culture dementia cafe for 2019 will take place on 16 Dec at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. Come a...
09/12/2019

Our final Coffee and Culture dementia cafe for 2019 will take place on 16 Dec at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. Come and explore our art collections. Open to anyone affected by dementia and their friends, family and carers. Its FREE and drop in. https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/coffee-and-culture

Coffee and Culture

With the holidays ahead, we are asking you to think about recyclable materials.🎁♻️ What can you make for loved ones by r...
06/12/2019

With the holidays ahead, we are asking you to think about recyclable materials.🎁♻️
What can you make for loved ones by re-using objects and materials? Our Life Cycle display at Kelvin Hall might give you some ideas! The objects were made with simple craft techniques and materials like plastic bags, newspaper and old clothes - such as the beautiful paper mache bracelets (pictured).

Share with us below what you are reusing this winter or your own tricks for upcycling 👇

With the holidays ahead you might be thinking about the next new tech! But what about an older nostalgic toy? Below is a...
04/12/2019

With the holidays ahead you might be thinking about the next new tech! But what about an older nostalgic toy? Below is a View-Master which has a history from the early 1930s - initially they were meant as an educational tool, but became increasingly popular as a form of entertainment for children to view movie reels, cartoons and fairy-tales.

This winter season has us thinking about toys❄️🎅 ... But toys aren't just ghosts of Christmases past - they play a huge ...
02/12/2019

This winter season has us thinking about toys❄️🎅 ... But toys aren't just ghosts of Christmases past - they play a huge part in our childhood and although we grow older and are encouraged to put childish things away, toys continue to shape our lives as adults. They can even tell us about the era they are from, about new inventions, and the dreams and aspirations of young people.
What was your favorite childhood toy?

For   we thought this sculpture by George E. Ewing fit the part! The man sporting this mustache is Colin Campbell, who w...
29/11/2019

For we thought this sculpture by George E. Ewing fit the part! The man sporting this mustache is Colin Campbell, who was a Field Marshall and served and led multiple military campaigns. At the time, Campbell was criticized for his safety-first approach to battles, gaining the nickname 'Sir Crawling Camel'.

Today we celebrated the Art Extraordinaire Project and all the hard work participants from Project Ability put into cura...
27/11/2019

Today we celebrated the Art Extraordinaire Project and all the hard work participants from Project Ability put into curating and creating artwork and labels for an amazing exhibit at Po***ck Civic Realm and object handling kit! 🍰🎉
Below is an Art Extraordinaire object: 'Mystery Mouse' who was found outside a hospital in Aberdeen having been put lovingly together from hospital scraps in the late 1800s.

  that Glasgow Museums has approximately 900 objects related to women's rights in Glasgow which date from between 1840 a...
25/11/2019

that Glasgow Museums has approximately 900 objects related to women's rights in Glasgow which date from between 1840 and 2001? The objects reflect campaigns by women to be given equal status with men legally, politically, in education and at work.

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, which is a call to end gender inequality and to demonstrate that prevention is both possible and essential, learn more here: https://bit.ly/32J02l0

Yesterday at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre we hosted a coffee and culture session for people whose lives are touched b...
19/11/2019

Yesterday at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre we hosted a coffee and culture session for people whose lives are touched by dementia.

We passed around ancient Egyptian objects - the one pictured below is over 5000 years old!
Some of our participants were shocked we had objects older than them! 😂

The object being held is a makeup palette which was used to grind rock into eyeliner 👀

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Glasgow Museums Resource Centre is also home to The Open Museum, Glasgow Museums’ outreach service. The Open Museum takes kits containing real museum objects and artworks out into the community.

One of these kits is called Art Outside of the Box: A Glimpse Into Art Extraordinary. This contains a diverse selection of artworks by Scottish self-taught artists (Outsider Art), who have transformed the everyday into extraordinary art. The kit was created and interpreted by the Open Museum in partnership with HMP Barlinnie, Project Ability, Leverndale Recreational Therapy, and the University of Glasgow.

The person shown in this photograph is Joanne B. Karr, an artist who often works with natural materials. Joanne created artworks in the style of Angus McPhee (1916-1997), an extraordinary artist who wove grass into clothes and other items. Angus lived most of his life in Craig Dunain Hospital, where his work was discovered hidden under hedgerows and bushes. He rarely spoke, but expressed himself through his art.

How long do you think a piece of art like the jacket shown in the picture would take to make? Would you have the patience to weave a piece like this? Have you been doing any craft activities recently? Did you feel it improved your mental well-being?

Visiting museums and galleries and engaging in craft activities is proven to be good for mental health. Glasgow Museums and the Open Museum work closely with mental health organisations and charities across the city to explore beneficial ways that our collections can be used.

(Photo copyright: Joanne B. Karr)
Don't forget you have until 25 May to submit your photos for The Open Museum call out for photo submissions, to be displayed in an upcoming photography exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum.

We want your recent photos of lockdown experiences! Share your photos with us (max. of 4) through Kelvingrove Museum’s Facebook direct messenger with your display name, a title and a short description. All submissions must be received by May 25.

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge. Usage will include but not be limited to The Glasgow Life Website, social media channels, advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications. See here for more information and our privacy policy: https://bit.ly/3frXcaK
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum want your recent photos of lockdown experiences!

The Open Museum have extended their call out for photo submissions that will be displayed in an upcoming photography exhibition at Kelvingrove.

How to enter and more info 👉 https://bit.ly/3frXcaK
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum want your recent photos of lockdown experiences! The Open Museum have extended their call out for photo submissions that will be displayed in an upcoming photography exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum!

How to enter: Share your photos with Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum (max. of 4) via Facebook direct messenger with your display name, a title and a short description. All submissions must be received by May 25 2020!

Visit https://bit.ly/3frXcaK for more information on how to enter and the requirements and our privacy policy.

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge. Usage will include, but not be limited to, the Glasgow Life website, social media channels, advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications.
We want your recent photos of lockdown experiences! We are extending the The Open Museum call out for photo submissions to be displayed in an upcoming photography exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum.

Share your photos with us (max. of 4) through Kelvingrove Museum’s Facebook direct messenger with your display name, a title and a short description. All submissions must be received by May 25.

By submitting a photograph through social media, you are giving Glasgow Life/Glasgow Museums permission to use the photos for exhibition and for promotional purposes free of charge. Usage will include but not be limited to The Glasgow Life Website, social media channels, advertising such as posters, leaflets and Glasgow life publications. See here for more information and our privacy policy: https://bit.ly/3frXcaK
A corridor of power. City Chambers.

in a power of corridors.
coming into view: "pigeons" while out early, taking pictures of the city coming to life, I was unexpectedly surrounded by a flock of pigeons. Perhaps they thought I had brought breakfast !
To Absent Friends is a festival of story telling and remembrance, which runs till 7th November. It started with a display remembering the 47 homeless people who have died on the streets of Glasgow in the last 12 months.

A project by The Open Museum and Invisible Glasgow
REMINISCENCE

We made a custom 5-a-side arena for The Open Museum in Glasgow a couple of years ago, and I'm happy to hear it's a brilliant as part of the reminiscence sessions they run. These are groups in the community for those with dementia or Alzheimer’s, or just elderly in care homes. Men's shed groups too!

For those living with dementia and related degenerative conditions, it's often the short-term memory that is most affected. With sessions like this, being able to see and touch physical objects and pictures, can unlock long-term memories, stimulate conversations and put smiles on faces. I guess in the same way you feel when you dig out your old Subbuteo teams from your parent's loft.

So I had a bit of a moment, and this has me thinking about the Subbuteo tables that dad and I make today. They're built to last, hopefully as long as the memories of the people that enjoy playing on them, with their families and their friends. Those physical objects might just be a special link to happy moments, with special people, and that's a nice thought. 💛

Keep playing.

Gareth
FlickForKicks
Connect. Learn. Play

Ps. Thanks to Kevin, from the Open Museum for the post and his long term support of FlickForKicks for over 7 years now.