Thursday, 30 May 2019

What we did in 2018-2019

The past few weeks have been very busy for the finance part of the Committee. It was agreed at the AGM on 30 May 2018 that the subscriptions should all be increased by £5 for each category of membership. Also, it was decided that the subscriptions which are paid by Standing Order would be paid into the Milngavie Branch of the Clydesdale Bank. This has caused some confusion as a number of members are not aware that a standing order is a repeating payment set up by the member to pay to the Friends and therefore the onus is on the member to contact their Bank to change the amount and also the Bank to which the Standing Order should be paid. In this way it is totally different from a Direct Debit which is under the control of the organisation to which any money would be paid.

Most of the Grants which have been settled this year were grants which had been approved in previous years. A  Grant of £10,000 to help towards the purchase of X-ray equipment for the Conservation Department was approved in principle on 7 August but has not been requested by the end of this financial year. We have, however settled a number of grants granted in previous year as follows:

£15,000 for the First World War Exhibition “Brushes with War” was paid on 23 July 2018.
 A  Grant of £9,000 towards the Inner City Exhibition at GoMA was settled on 18 February 2019.
The Children’s Art Competition received £2,090 to help with the purchase and engraving of the medals and £200 was awarded for cheques of £50 for 4 worthy winners.
£30,000 was granted towards the Jessie M King Archives paid in two separate amounts of £15,000.

We are, as always very grateful, for our members’ continued support in order that we may continue to assist Glasgow Museums.

Morag C. Robertson
Finance Convenor

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry

On the cool bright Spring morning of 17th April, a group of some 30 members of FoGM boarded a coach in central Glasgow for a day trip to New Lanark World Heritage Site.
We were transported to the centre of New Lanark where we were informed of the arrangements which had been made for the visit with the principal options of   taking part in either a guided tour of the complex that included time to visit the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry or spending most of the available time in the exhibition hall looking at the Tapestry.
Regardless of which option taken, we were able to admire the site and its facilities on the banks of the River Clyde. However, there was something special about the Tapestry with its 305 panels that told the tales to Scotland. This wording might seem at first reading to be unusual but this is not the case if one remembers that the panels describe and detail events associated with  individuals or groups of Scots who migrated with determination and courage far and wide  throughout the world in search of adventure and a new life. Displayed by continent, the panels were  easily viewed and adequately lit so  it was very easy to become absorbed in the artistry of their design, the skill of the embroiders and to access the associated  captions by means of  the  Scottish Diaspora Tapestry App. A great example of the juxtaposition of the old and the new!  Added bonuses   were the displays of embroidery 'postcards' by the Scottish branches of the Embroiderers Guild for   the participating countries in the 2012 London Olympic Games and a display by the Biggar and District Embroiders' Guild in celebration of its 40th year anniversary.
Perhaps not unexpectedly the day passed quickly and it was time to return before visiting and viewing had been completed. Many thanks to those who organised the outing and especially to Anne Robertson for her stories and attention to detail for a most memorable day.

Friday, 1 March 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

This week, Friends were fortunate to have two talks about Leonardo da Vinci and his works.

The lecture given by Colin Bailey comprehensively covered Leonardo’s life from Vinci to Paris via Florence and Milan. He discussed Leonardo’s paintings and drawings and included the making of paper and the use of pen and ink, crayon and charcoal.

Then on Friday we had breakfast and a visit to the exhibition “Leonardo 500: A Life in Drawing  “in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery. Curator Pippa Stephenson introduced us to the 12 drawings on show and highlighted aspects of some of these which greatly increased our understanding.

More can be learnt about the exhibition in the article in the current newsletter written by Pippa. The exhibition is free and open until May 2019.

Friday, 22 February 2019

Visit to the V and A , Dundee

Courtesy of Michael Hutchinson

Friends visited this interesting museum in February.   We had a comprehensive tour of the museum, a visit to the permanent Scottish Gallery and an excellent lunch. We were fortunate to see the fabulous exhibition: Ocean Liners:  Speed and Style.
Oh to have lived like that !

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Visit to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh

Following on from the lecture given by Emily  Malcolm in November last year, thirty friends visited GMRC  to see  the ship models. These are now housed in a purpose built pod, giving adequate space for display.
They come from the last two centuries, mainly from the heyday of ship building on the  Clyde. These are remarkably detailed and precise in their construction and have been made by craftsmen.. However, there are other vessels from foreign parts. Emily drew our attention to particular aspects of each model and gave us anecdotes about them.

Courtesy of Frances Dryburgh
We had not one but two tours because John Messner then took us on a tour of marine paintings from the collection. These gave us a picture of how the Clyde has changed in the past two centuries- from a small shallow river to the basin with many ship yards and through two world wars.
We are most grateful to John and Emily for a morning “on the water”.