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.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Invitation: Burrell Renaissance event 24 August from 6pm

There are still spaces left for Friends for the evening event at the Burrell Collection on Wednesday 24 August.

The evening is an opportunity to hear from Curators and other members of the project team working on the major refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection. There will also be the chance to see spaces which are not usually open to the public such as the stores and the flat on the upper level.

The team look forward to welcoming you.

Please RSVP to: confirming you can attend on the 24th August or call 0141 302 2748

(please note that the wrong number was given out in the newsletter. Glasgow Museums apologises for the confusion. The number above is the correct one to use)

Charlotte di Corpo
Head of Development
Glasgow Life