On Friday, 31st August, some Friends attended Riverside Museum for breakfast, bacon or egg rolls and tea and coffee. We were then addressed by Curator Neil Johnson-Symington on the subject of Dazzle painting. This was a wide ranging talk about camouflage. Not only did we hear about dazzle painting on ships to foil the German submarines but also about the use of pattern and colour by animals, birds and butterflies to distract their predators.
Members will remember that we aided the purchase of the diaries of Thomas Cairns Livingstone. In these he recorded seeing the dazzle ships at anchor in the Clyde and we saw some of his sketches.
The display at Riverside is well worth a visit and we received a warm welcome from all staff.