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Moving Stories: the journey from Albert Drive to Kelvin Hall

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When it opens in 2011, Riverside Museum will be the third home for Glasgow Museums’ transport and technology collection. Our first home was at the Glasgow Corporation Tramways’ Coplawhill car works on Albert Drive, Pollokshields – now the Tramway.

The museum opened in 1964, two years after the city ended its tram service. The redundant building made an obvious choice for Glasgow’s first transport museum. However, although a fine home, the building was difficult to maintain and was never intended to house a museum collection.

Glasgow's first Museum of Transport, now the Tramway theatre and gallery, in Albert Drive.

In 1987 the collection moved to Kelvin Hall, which at that time was undergoing renovation. Just like our move today, the planning had to be precise. The locomotives and trams needed to be carefully transported as once they are positioned, they cannot be easily shifted! The move and installation took just over a year (like Riverside’s), with the Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall opening on 21 April 1988.

Almost 22 years later, we shut our doors at the Museum of Transport for the last time on 18 April 2010. But we look forward to welcoming visitors next spring to Riverside Museum, our transport collection’s third home.

Packed onto the back of a lorry, the Coronation tramcar leaves the Tramway in Albert Drive for the road journey to Kelvin Hall in Glasgow's West End.

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Written by jmessner

September 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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