Wednesday, 9 November 2016


Friends had an enjoyable evening at Kelvingrove on Wednesday, 9th November. After a welcome drink and a mince pie, Pippa Stephenson gave an introduction to the life and times of Alphonse Mucha, the subject of the current exhibition at Kelvingrove. Then for an hour and a half we were free to go round the exhibition and to visit the shop. If you haven’t yet seen the exhibition , it ably justifies its title- Alphonse Mucha, In Quest of Beaut y and is well worth a visit or two.
The shop has many articles for Christmas presents and do remember that Friends get a discount all year round.

Thanks are due to Pippa and to staff at Kelvingrove  and in the restaurant but especially to Catherine McGurk for what was a special evening.

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

Friday, 21 October 2016

Au Revoir to Burrell

On Friday, 21st October, Friends went to Pollok Park on a glorious autumn day, to have our last look at Burrell for 4 years. We met at Pollok House, where we had a tour from three experienced and knowledgeable guides. Most of us had visited before but there is always something new to see and an intriguing new story to hear.
 Lunch was taken in the Burrell restaurant. Our tours of the Burrell Collection were led by FoGM committee members and long time Burrell Guides, Margaret Anderson and John Rattenbury. The museum was suffused with autumn sunshine, the stained glass sparkled, there were treasures and stories galore and a soprano was recording songs for an STV programme! She sang “Time to say Goodbye”!.  A perfect day.        
Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Glasgow Museums Shop. St Enoch Centre

 Glasgow Museums now has a retail outlet in St Enoch Centre. On 13th October, Friends were invited to the shop for Afternoon tea to see this new venture. The shop is light and bright and well stocked with colourful and interesting items. We enjoyed delicious cakes and tea from fine china and indulged in retail therapy! Thanks are due to Catherine McGurk and her team for their hospitality and we send all good wishes to them in this new venture.
Courtesy Of Frances Dryburgh

Monday, 5 September 2016

Renaissance Prints: Mantegna,Marcantonio and Parmigianino.

 On Monday,5th September, a party of Friends were welcomed to the Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, by Deborah Bennet, Chair of their Friends  Association, to see the current exhibition of 16th century prints. Dr Peter Black explained the art and techniques of their production and there was ample time to examine and appreciate the prints.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Visit to Gifts for the Gods: Animal Mummies Revealed

On 19th August,Friends visited the current exhibition at Kelvingrove under the expert guidance of Dr Campbell Price from the University of Manchester. Dr Price, who has excavated at Saqqara , told of the thousands of animal mummies prepared by ancient Egyptians as votive offerings to their gods Examples were on display with explanations of their use and fate. There was a discovery zone to help understand the process of mummification. This well presented exhibition closes on 4th September and is well worth a visit.
Liz Dent and Dr Price before a poster about Saqqara