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Issue 58 - Riverside Revolution

Scotland Magazine Issue 58
August 2011

 

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Riverside Revolution

Keith Fergus visits the new home of Glasgow's transport museum.

There has been something of a transport revolution going on recently in Glasgow, on the banks of the River Clyde, as the much loved transport museum has finally got the home it deserves.

A military style operation was required to move thousands of memorabilia from the old museum near Kelvingrove Park to the stunning new Riverside Museum near to Pacific Quay, which now means over 3000 exhibits (double what the old museum held) now display the city’s renowned transport, shipbuilding and engineering legacy.

The magnificent, contemporary building sits beside the historic Glenlee, The Tall Ship, providing an arresting focal point as you arrive.

But it is the amazing array of artefacts inside the museum that will continue to draw people from far and wide. This could be parents or grandparents wanting to have their memory banks unlocked by the re-created streets, vintage trams or the exhibits detailing the halcyon days when Glasgow was the shipbuilding capital of the world. Or it could be a younger generation asking questions about the strange looking bicycles, the selection of colourful cars or what seems to be Doctor Who’s Tardis.

Simply put, there is something for everyone.