A selective round-up of Museums listed first by city. then by venue. running in alphabetical order.


I OURRELL COLLECTION Pollok Country Park. 2060 Pollokshaws Road. 649 7151. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—Spm. Disabled access. Cafe.

The Burrell is quite the most splendid modern museutn around. Visited by millions since it opened in 1983. both building and collection seem invincibly uplifting no matter the weather. Glass walls bring woodland into the galleries which house William Burrell‘s objects. A wealthy shipowner. Burrell was particularly fond of the decorative arts and here you cart find some of the best. Chinese designs are blended with some of Glasgow‘s past talents. Look out for the kissing monkeys above the main door. the large plump Buddha. the Roman cockerel and Joseph Crawhall‘s exquisite watercolours.

300 Years at Embroidery Until 28 May. Selection from the collection ofthe Embroiderers Guild.

I CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH SOCIETY Queen's Cross. 870 Garscube Road. 946 6600 or 50595. Ring bell for entry.

This wonderful church under restoration is the headquarters of the Mackintosh Society. a group dedicated to promoting the name and works of Glasgow‘s most famous architect. The stained glass windows with their green and purple detail (Mackintosh colours) have recently been

. renovated.

I MUSEUM OF CINE EOUIPMENT Scottish Film Council. 74 Victoria Crescent. Dowanhill. 334 9314. By appointment only.

This small collection for film buffs and students only. contains hand-cranked cameras. magic lantern and 1920‘s film units. The Film Council also have a vast collection of old films. most ofthcm documentary. which relate to Scotland. Phone them for further details.


1 Bunhouse Road. 357 3929. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Disabled access. Cafe.

The red and grey home ofGlasgow‘s collection of cars. trains and the humble bicycle was completed last year replacing what has now become a new venue for theatre. the Tramway. In the car showroom. the buglike Morris Minor rubs chassis with the quality Humber (sold in 1935 for £285.) while the royal train in centre position sports a sleek interior complete with ivory telephone. The old ‘shoogly‘ Glasgow subway has not been neglected either. Opened in 1896. it is now part of a mock-up street which shows a Glasgow of past years.

I PEOPLE'S PALACE Glasgow Green. 554 0223. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm. Cafe. Disabled access by arrangement. Elspeth King the curator runs a living museum full of the objects Glaswegians have thrown away over the years. but have been reclaimed to tell their story. The trade union movement. wartime Glasgow. life with heavy industry and cultural activities are all displayed here. Ken Currie‘s mural ‘200 Years ofLabour History' is just one of the artworks by young contemporary Glaswegians the People‘s Palace have recently commissioned.

I PROVANO'S LORDSHIP 3 Castle Street. 552 8819. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm;Sun 2—5pm.

This building shares ages with Glasgow Cathedral. the only two surviving medieval buildings in the city. A sparsely furnished but atmospheric little museum

with displays from 1500-1918. I SPRINGBURN MUSEUM Ayr Street (adjacent to Springburn Railway Station). 5571405. Mon—Fri 10.30am—5pm; Sat 10am—4pm; Sun 2—5pm. Sculpture at Springburn ‘Heritage and Hope Springburn 1989‘. a bronze group by the Edinburgh artist Vincent Butler is standing proud in Atlas Square. and an exhibition describing its making is on show in the museum. Glasgow Locomotive Builder to the World Until 27 April. Work: The Springburn Experience 1840-1988 A long term exhibition looking at 140 years of working conditions and practices at Springburn focusing on trade unions. tools. women and the wars. Of particular interest to anyone who worked in Glasgow's heavy industries or whose family did. If you‘re looking for a nostalgic trip down memory lane or a historical look at the industrial past. this exhibition will stimulate and illuminate. I SUMMERLEE HERITAGE TRUST West Canal Street. Coatbridge (adjacent ot Coatbridge Sunnyside Station). 0236 31261. Seven days 10am—5pm. Tearoom. One of the latest Scottish industrial museums (see also Scottish Mining Museum) which records. preserves and interprets (to use museum jargon) the local history of the iron. steel and engineering industries. I THE TENEMENT HOUSE 145 Buccleuch Street. 333 0183. 24 Mar—31 Oct Daily 2—5pm. Admission £1 . 10 child 10p. Built in 1892 when Garnethill was a superior residential district in Glasgow's west end. the tenement house is kitted out with all the luxuries of the day a maid‘s room takes the place of space for technology in this Edwardian home. A new photographic exhibition has been mounted in the flat downstairs.


I EDINBURGH CANAL CENTRE Bridge Inn. 27 Baird Road. Ratho. 333 1320/1251. Scotland‘s first Canal Centre has recently opened on the Union Canal where you can both hire rowing boats and look round the Visitor Centre which displays artefacts from the history of the canal.

I BRASS RUBOING CENTRE Chalmers Close. off High Street. 556 436-1. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.

There are festivals for everything these days. Here we have the first Brass Rubbing Festival. on until 3 June. Rub knights in shining armour. animals and celtic designs to medieval music. Jugglers will entertain on Saturdays.


Edinburgh‘s most famous landmark and one of Scotland‘s top tourist attractions. Edinburgh Castle is built into solid basalt rock. The esplanade complete with the famous 15th century Mons Meg gun. leads to a number of military and memorial museums. including the new Museum of the Scottish Soldier run by the National Museums of Scotland. One of the main attractions here are ofcourse the uniforms. all done up on splendid models.

I JOHN KNOX HOUSE 45 High Street.556 6961. Apr—Oct Mon—Sat 10am—5pm. Adult£l . child & OAP60p.

John Knox has a lot to answer forin Scotland. A church reformer of fearsome repute in the 15th century. he used this house during the latter part of his life.

I LAURISTON CASTLE Cramond Road South. 336 2060. Until I AprilSat/Sun 2—4pm. From 1 AprilSun—Thurs 11am—1pm and 2—5pm. Closed Fri. Entrance by guided tour only. £1 . 50p

Drive out to the castle on the Forth forthc views and walks alone. This 16th century tower house was left to the nation in 1926 on condition that the furnishings were left intact. It is therefore an original example ot a way of life now long gone.

I ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND Chambers Street. 225 7534. Mon—Sat l0am—5pm; Sun 2—5pm.

Museums and You L'ntil May. Looks at the work and role of museums in the community.

Robes of the Realm Until 25 June. Ede and Ravenscrofl have been Robemakers and Tailors for 300 years and to celebrate the fact the Royal Museum mounts a display of ceremonial dress.

Revolutions in Science limit to October. A look at the major scientific discoveries of the last 200 years with the chance to tryout the odd experiment yourself.

Trustlands Until 7 May. Photographs by Glyn Slatterly from the book of the same name. taking a look at the wonderful world of the National Trust.

Drawn from Britain tintil 16 April. Everything from suitcases to perfume

packaging is here as examples ol what Britain‘s leading designers get up to. I SCOTTISH MINING MUSEUM Lady Victoria Colliery. Newtongrange. Midlothian. 663 7519. 'l’ue—l‘ri mam—4.30pm; Sat ’Sun noon 5pm. Guided tours by ex-miners Cy ery half hour. Opened in 1985. this is one of a new breed of museums set to preserve our industrial history. This museum covers the history of coal and mining on two sites. one at Newtongrange and the other at Prestongrange ( l’restonpans. same opening hours) As well as large outdoor exhibits the latter includes exhibitionson A Century of (‘oal andCoal-culting machinery while at Newtongrangc a new exhibition called Danger-Gas! has opened. Information on Scotland‘s six other industrial mtiseums is available here.


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