Geo-Trips :: Post-AGM exploration of Glasgow's Museums

Glasgow's West End

A walk from Glasgow University, Wed, 26 Jun 2019 by Rudi Winter

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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, 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 and towards Kelvingrove Museum. Richard gave us a detailed tour of the museum, looking at its great variety of collections including Dalí's painting, "Christ of Saint John of the Cross", an orrery (model of the Solar system), many stuffed animals such as elephants, giraffes, gannets, a great auk and deer, 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 behind the museum. After a short exploration around this museum, we continued our walk to Partick station, admiring some of the murals 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 Òran Mòr, 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!

On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NS5666 : West quadrangle, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow by Rudi Winter
West quadrangle, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow
Looking across the western of two courtyards of Glasgow University's main building... more

NS5666 : Stair Building, University of Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Stair Building, University of Glasgow
Looking across The Square towards the Stair Building, home of the School of Law.... more

NS5666 : River Kelvin and University bell tower, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
River Kelvin and University bell tower, Glasgow
Taken from the Snow Bridge at the western end of Kelvingrove Park, the view... more

NS5666 : Snow Bridge and Argyle Street Bridge, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Snow Bridge and Argyle Street Bridge, Glasgow
Although wide and strong enough for vehicles, the Snow Bridge (foreground) is a... more

NS5666 : Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
The central hall of Kelvingrove Museum http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/6198451 .... more

NS5666 : Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: St Kilda by Rudi Winter
Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: St Kilda
A small section of the museum is dedicated to life on St Kilda... more

NS5666 : Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: Fulton's Orrery by Rudi Winter
Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow: Fulton's Orrery
Built by John Fulton in the 1820s, the orrery shows the layout of the Solar system... more

NS5666 : The wheels of Jupiter, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
The wheels of Jupiter, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Built by John Fulton in the 1820s, the orrery... more

NS5666 : Saturn on a limb, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Saturn on a limb, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
Built by John Fulton in the 1820s, the orrery... more

NS5666 : Keeping an eye on the visitors..., Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Keeping an eye on the visitors..., Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
I felt distinctly watched by this exhibit in the West Court of the museum. The... more

NS5666 : Scotland's Wildlife, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Scotland's Wildlife, Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow
A section of the museum is dedicated to animals and plants native to Scotland,... more

NS5565 : River Clyde at Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
River Clyde at Kelvinhaugh, Glasgow
Looking upstream from the Riverside (Transport) Museum. The church-like building... more

NS5566 : North Clyde Line and mural, Partick, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
North Clyde Line and mural, Partick, Glasgow
Taken from the cycle bridge across the A814 Clyde Expressway, the viaduct takes... more

NS5566 : A814 Clyde Expressway, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
A814 Clyde Expressway, Glasgow
The road into the centre of Glasgow from Dumbarton and places further west on the... more

NS5566 : Partick station and basketball mural, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Partick station and basketball mural, Glasgow
The entrance to Partick Station is on the left. In addition to the railway, it... more

NS5667 : Botanic Gardens Garage, Vinicombe Street, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Botanic Gardens Garage, Vinicombe Street, Glasgow
The white-and-green building at the centre is a very early multi-storey car park,... more

NS5667 : What a name for a steak house! by Rudi Winter
What a name for a steak house!
Bo'Vine sell meats and wines in Byres Road.

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