Riverside Museum

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Your snapshots in the Riverside Museum

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One of the first things visitors will notice at the new Riverside Museum is the stunning array of photographs that will accompany the displays. 

Curators on the project have searched for photographs that relate directly to each display.  In fact, there are already 583 photographs identified for inclusion in the new museum!  Compare this to the old Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall, where photographs were hard to come by and information on how they related to the objects on show was scant.

Many of these photographs at Riverside have come from museum visitors who responded to appeals for information.  When information was needed on how parents chose and bought their prams in the 1960s, Graeme and Jean Smith offered to talk to museum staff about how they chose their children’s pram.  In fact, the Smiths had donated their pram to the Museum of Transport in 1981, so they were delighted to be able to share their story 30 years later!

Photographs, like this from Graeme and Jean Smith showing their daughter Fiona in 1970, will make the Riverside Museum a much more visual and personal exploration of Glasgow’s history.

Like many of the photos we’re using in the Riverside Museum, the photo above came to us following a public appeal. It’s thanks to the support of the Smiths and many other people who have shared their photographs that the displays at Riverside will be so rich in personal stories.

As well as photography, there are other ways to support the Riverside Museum. The Riverside Museum Appeal has raised £3.7 million of its £5m target and is still seeking donations – every pound helps! Please visit the RMA site for more information on the appeal and to find out how you can help.

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Written by jmessner

September 7, 2010 at 1:56 pm

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