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

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Visit to Burrell

Friends attended Burrell on the 24th August at the invitation of the Burrell renaissance team. We were welcomed by James  Robinson who gave an overview of the collection  and introduced the team’s aspirations for the collection and the building which houses it. Rebecca Quinton covered some of the ongoing research into textiles and carpets, particularly mentioning the catalogue of tapestry which is nearing completion and will be published soon. There were tours to parts of the building not usually available to the public and to the stores housing art and furniture.  We also saw the skills needed to conserve textiles and some of the glorious carpets. There was an opportunity to meet with staff informally and to have discussions about the future of the Burrell collection.

 Thanks to all staff for the welcome.

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Kelvin Hall Visits

In July and August 120 Friends enjoyed visits to see the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall before it opened to the public.
We saw new storage for Glasgow Museums, the splendid lecture room for Scottish Film Archives and all the sporting facilities. It will make a change being on a treadmill and looking out over leafy views of the West End!
There is also a fascinating display in the main corridor showing all the different activities which have taken place in the Kelvin Hall over the years. Brings back memories to all of us of the slightly older generation!

Well worth a visit.