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A Riverside slideshow: some of Iona Shepherd’s finest photographs

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Iona Shepherd’s wonderful photographs have been a regular feature on the Riverside Museum blog since it launched in the spring last year. As well as providing a regular Photograph of the Week, Iona’s other posts include slideshows of the work carried out by the project team, from the conservation and decant of the ship models to the 3007’s epic journey from GMRC to Riverside. Today’s Iona’s last day with the project; she’ll be sorely missed. Below’s a selection of some of the photographs she’s taken for the Riverside project.

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January 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

R.I.P. Room 109! Riverside conservation lab moved to GMRC

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Yesterday was a sad day indeed as our home for the past four-and-a-half years was finally laid to rest. Room 109, or as we called it, the Clean Lab, has been packed, wrapped and shipped out to Glasgow Museums Resource Centre in Nitshill.

The conservation workshops and labs are all being relocated to GMRC as part of the Riverside Museum Project. This means that the majority of the conservation disciplines will be housed in the same building for the first time. The remaining conservation team is based at the Burrell Collection.

But that’s not to say Riverside’s conservation team is leaving Kelvin the Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall. Work is still progressing on the large objects around the building and will continue in the new Riverside building right up to opening. The dust you get with a new building is a constant battle for us … and one we will win!

Written by Rebecca Jackson

November 3, 2010 at 10:57 am

Ship models depart from the Clyde Room

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As outlined in last week’s Picture of the Week, we’ve had a new team come aboard the Riverside Museum Project to assist us with the removal of our middleweight objects from the Museum of Transport at Kelvin Hall.

Constantine, who are specialist museum handlers and familiar faces around our various museums, have been working on emptying the ship models cases in the Clyde Room. They will be transporting these delicate ship models as well as bicycles, motorbikes and cars to storage and, in the next few weeks, to the Riverside Museum at Pointhouse.

The slideshow above shows the steps they take to move our often very large and heavy ship models. Purpose-built crates are forklifted upstairs towards the Clyde Room, where the models are carefully removed one by one from the cases that have been their home since their arrival in the building in the late 1980s. Once set down in the crates, plastezote blocks are used to secure them in place for their ride to their final destination.

Soon enough we’ll have a Clyde Room full of empty cases as the objects in the building continue to move out and we get closer to the Riverside Museum opening.

Picture of the Week – Ship Models Sail Out

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This week at the Museum of Transport we’ve had more contractors starting work with us, this time on the decant of Glasgow Museums’ ship model collection. The emptying of the building continues with the decant work now concentrated in the Clyde Room.

The picture of the week shows staff from Constantine packing ship models into crates which will next week move to storage at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre. Once these have moved, they’ll move the remaining ship models to Riverside where they’ll be readied for display.

More picture on how these models are decanted will be revealed next week. Keep watching!

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October 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Update from Riverside Museum’s Decant Team

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Riverside Museum’s decant team have been extremely busy over the past few weeks due to the return of our heavy haulage contractor, Allelys, and the removal of most of the Museum of Transport’s large objects.  

With the exception of the horse-drawn tram, all of the tramcars at the Museum of Transport have been removed. We’ve been busy with the locomotives, too. Only the Gordon Highlander remains in the museum.

Canvas protection is drawn over the Bailie Burt tramcar No 1089 in preparation for its move to Riverside. In the background, the Gordon Highlander locomotive, the last big object remaining in the Museum of Transport.

And while Allelys’ specialists and Riverside staff have been working on removing the large objects, Glasgow Museums decant technicians have been preparing objects such as ship models, bicycles, prams and motorbikes for transportation to the stores at GMRC. We’ve also prepared a selection of objects for removal to Riverside, where they’ll go on public display when the museum opens in spring 2011.  

The biggest move we’ve made recently has been the South African Railways locomotive 3007 – featured on this blog and in the press. I was lucky enough to courier both the engine and the tender – a-once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me. SAR loco 3007’s arrival at Riverside was a momentous occasion for the project, and to have ridden in the cab hauling both the engine and the tender was a great privilege!

Now that the majority of the large objects have been installed at Riverside, we’ll start to see some of the smaller vehicles and objects moving to their new Clydeside home.

Picture of the Week – Riverside Museum Illuminations

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I took this picture earlier in the week after an exhilarating evening in which the mighty South African Railways Locomotive 3007 arrived at Riverside Museum, its final destination.

Contactors and staff were finally starting to head home and the museum site began to close up for the night. Just before the lights went out I used one last chance to capture a shot of the north window illuminated against a beautiful Glasgow sky. A long exposure for the night shot was helped by a pile of rubble that doubled as a handy tripod!

In the foreground you can see the paving currently being installed at the front entrance and on it, the reflection of the lights from the across the river. The image hints at just how spectacular the building will look once completed.

South African Railways loco 3007 arrives at its final destination

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After two years of conservation work, the South African Railways locomotive 3007 last night moved from Glasgow Museums Resource Centre to its new home at Riverside Museum, on the banks of the River Clyde. This was the final destination for this Glasgow-built behemoth. In 2007 it began its epic journey home in South Africa, where it had spent its entire working life. The slideshow below charts the last leg of SAR loco 3007’s journey to Riverside.

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To avoid the rush-hour traffic, the rain and causing too much disruption, loco 3007 was moved during the evening. This meant failing daylight and trickier photography conditions. But a long wait on a pedestrian flyover paid off though with some nice lighting on the train from the street lights and passing cars, and a beautiful night sky. One unexpected problem came from trying to hold the camera steady while the footfalls of passing football fans on the flyover shook the bridge!