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Post-AGM exploration of Glasgow's Museums

By Rudi Winter

This Geotrip describes a walk led by Richard Sutcliffe Link , who works at Glasgow Museums and gave us some insight into some of the museums the city has on offer and how they present and curate their collection. We started from the Gilbert Scott Building NS5666 : West quadrangle, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow by Rudi Winter, the main building of the University, where the Geograph AGM had taken place in the morning.

After a look across town from the viewing point at the foot of the bell tower of the University, we walked past the former Western Infirmary and to the western entrance to Kelvingrove Park, across Snow Bridge NS5666 : Snow Bridge and Argyle Street Bridge, Glasgow by Rudi Winter and towards Kelvingrove Museum. Richard gave us a detailed tour of the museum, looking at its great variety of collections including Dal's painting, "Christ of Saint John of the Cross", an orrery (model of the Solar system NS5666 : Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: Fulton's Orrery by Rudi Winter), many stuffed animals such as elephants, giraffes NS5666 : Keeping an eye on the visitors..., Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter, gannets NS5666 : Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: St Kilda by Rudi Winter, a great auk and deer NS5666 : Scotland's Wildlife, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter, military artefacts such as a body armour and a Spitfire plane as well as clothing and everyday items used traditionally by people across the world, including African dresses and postbags from St Kilda.

We then walked the short distance down to the River Clyde, where the Riverside Museum shows off a collection of transport-related artefacts, including the tall ship, Glenlee, at the quay NS5565 : River Clyde at Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow by Rudi Winter behind the museum. After a short exploration around this museum, we continued our walk to Partick station NS5566 : Partick station and basketball mural, Glasgow by Rudi Winter, admiring some of the murals NS5566 : North Clyde Line and mural, Partick, Glasgow by Rudi Winter from the 2014 Commonwealth Games on the way. We took two stops on the Subway to get to Hillhead station for another short walk to ran Mr, a pub-restaurant in a converted church, where the walk ended and we stayed for drinks and a meal.

Thanks to Richard for an interesting walk and, particularly, an insightful tour of Kelvingrove Museum!

You can see this trip plotted on a map on the Geo-trips page Link .


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