Focus on Glasgow

| 24 March 2000

Art Gallery and Museum in Kelvingrove Park, near the university, is a splendid example of the palaces of museums built in late Victorian times with its magnificent central hall, its grand balconies and collections which include works by Botticelli, Rembrandt and Whistler, as well as European arms and armour and natural history displays.

Current exhibitions are Proximity, the work of the artist Stephen Boyd, until April 9; and Intimate Views, photographs of marine animals of Scotland's west coast, until May 1. Opening soon are Continuum - Textiles to Celebrate the Millennium, 1 April- 31 May; Wild, Wet and Wonderful, Scotland's magnificent boglands, 14 April-3 September; and Churchill - The Evidence 3-28 June.

Open daily; information on 0141 287 2699.

Museum of Transport, Bunhouse Road, has a reconstruction of the third oldest underground in the world, with Kelvin Street set in 1938, among its collections of vintage cars, trains, trams and buses.

Open daily; information on 0141 287 2720.

People's Palace on Glasgow Green tells the city's social history through domestic displays and exhibitions. Until May 31 there is an exhibition of Boer War memorabilia in which many Glaswegians fought, collected by local historian Gordon McBride.

Open daily; information on 0141 554 0223.

Scotland Street School Museum was designed in 1904 by the great Glasgow architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and its classrooms now tell the story of education in Glasgow from 1906 to 1972.

Closed until July; information 0141 287 0500.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, Castle Street. Named after the city's patron saint, the museum explores the world's faiths. Designed in the 1990's in a baronial style to match the adjacent Provand's Lordship, Glasgow's oldest house, it has Britain's only authentic Japanese Zen Garden.

It's prize object, Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross, is currently on loan to the National Gallery in London, but has swapped it until May 7 for Rembrandt's Belshazzar's Feast. Until May 4 there is also an exhibition of photographs reflecting the history of worship in Scotland.

Open daily information on 0141 553 25576.

Gallery of Modern Art, Queen Street, was opened in the Palladian style Stirling Library in 1996 to exhibit the work of living artists in four galleries based on the elements earth, fire, water and air - particularly Scottish artists such as Alison Watt, Alan Davies and Adrian Wiszniewski.

The exhibition until April 9 is 109 - Table of Elements. Inspiring Creativity, 5 May-18 June, looks at the contribution made by disabled artists and those with learning difficulties.

Open daily; information on 0141 229 1996.

Burrell Collection, Pollok Park, was one of the few purpose-built museum buildings of the 1970s, devised to house the extraordinary collections of Sir William Burrell, a Glasgow hip owner who died in 1958 and left his treasures to the city. They extend from medieval tapestries to oriental ceramics, from stained glass to furniture.

The major exhibition until November 19 is Wild Tigers of Bandhavgarh. In which artists such as Peter Howson and Nicola Hicks having paintings underlining the plight of wild tigers.

Open daily; information on 0141 287 2550.

All the above or run by Glasgow City Council and admission is free. They are also available for hire for private functions and corporate hospitality, telephone 0141 331 1854.

Heatherbank Museum of Social Work, art the City Campus of Caledonian University at Cowcaddens Road, is the only one of its kind in Europe. Through objects and recorded memory it tells the story of social welfare developments in Scotland over the past 200 years - including facts such as that Barnhill Poorhouse, just a mile away from the museum, was the largest occupied building in Scotland 100 years ago, and that the last group of children to be "migrated" to Australia left in 1967.

It is open from May 15 between 10 and 2 on weekdays; for information ring 0141 331 3000 or visit the website on

Hunterian Museum, at Gilmore Hill in Glasgow University close to Kelvingrove Park, was first opened in 1807 and based on the collections compiled by John Hunter to aid teaching. It has grown to have specialist displays on subjects such as the Romans in Scotland, Ancient Egyptians, Captain Cook's Voyages of Discovery and Homonid Evolution. Since 1980 it has had its own separate art gallery, but its most popular exhibit is probably the Mackintosh House, a reconstruction of the interior of the Glasgow home of architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The current temporary exhibition until May 16 is Efforts of War, about the efforts of British citizens in the First World War; forthcoming is Glasgow's Tea Rooms, from May 18 to September 19, focusing on the famous Miss Cranston's Tea Rooms which Mackintosh deigned and decorated.

Open daily except for Sunday; further information on 0141 330 4221, or visit the website on

Museum of Piping, in McPhater Street, Cowcaddens, tells the story over hundreds of years of Scotland's unique instrument, how it developed and those who play it. It is told in five languages, including Gaelic. The museum is also the Piping Centre where tuition, workshops and a summer school are available.

Open daily, including Sunday between June and September; information on 0141 353 0220.

Springburn Museum, Atlas Square, Ayr Street, is a genuine community museum which has no permanent collections, only exhibitions by and for the Springburn community - once the centre of Glasgow's railway locomotive industry - it has been serving for the last 14 years.

Its exhibitions last from six months to a year, and on April 1 two new ones open. School Days: The Happiest Days of Our Lives? looks at how people's experiences of school have changed over time, with memories of teachers, school dinners, the school nurse and the dreaded Lochgelly Belt. Tenement Folk: Paintings by Andrew C Lillie is the work of a worker in Glasgow's architecture department who traces the story of Springburn through photographs from before the First World War to the 1970s.

Open Tuesday to Saturday; information on 0141 557 1405.

Summerlee Heritage Park, Heritage Way, Coatbridge, is a 22 acre site with Scotland's only working electric tramway and a recreated underground mine. Its exhibition hall shows working machinery from local industries, with transplanted structures such as a washhouse, a dentist's surgery and a dock from the old High Court of Glasgow.

Open daily; information on 01236 431261.

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