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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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Written by riversidestaff

January 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

Round-up of the install at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum

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Since the New Year things have been moving pretty fast down on the Riverside Museum site. It’s full steam ahead with locomotives and their tenders being eased into place. All the buses and trams are on site too, ready to be positioned into their final display location.

Last week we transported the fire engines down to the Pointhouse site. This week the exhibition install teams started building the display units around them and some of the other large objects.

The re-created street, which promises to deliver more than the old Museum of Transport’s well-loved Kelvin Street, has seen the majority of its objects going into the shop units. Many of the bicycles have also arrived on site and been lifted into their dramatic setting. The Faslane caravan, for years a fixed presence at the Faslane Peace Camp, has also been installed at the Riverside Museum; its contents carefully conserved and returned to their original spot, just as former resident and peace protester Disco Dave left them.

Outside, the plaza has been surfaced, trees planted, and work’s started on the car park. And only a few days ago, a dredger vessel sailed into the area to begin dredging the Kelvin Harbour.

Written by Rebecca Jackson

January 22, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Glasgow’s original Subway opens for business

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Here, what is thought to be the Directors and some staff of the Glasgow and District Subway pose for an opening day photo. It had taken over 5 ½ years to finish two tunnels and 15 stations.

On December 14th 1896, the Glasgow and District Subway began operation. Thousands of Glaswegians flocked for a chance to ride for only 1d (1 old pence). Only London and Budapest had built subway systems, so it must have been entirely new experience to almost all those riding it on opening day. Today, many of us take the subway for granted, but to Glaswegians of 1896, it truly was a modern marvel!

 Glasgow Museums has a large collection relating to the subway, and indeed featured a recreated subway station at the old Museum of Transport in the Kelvinhall. The new Riverside Museum will once again feature displays on the Subway, exploring its history, how it once operated by being pulled by a 6.5 mile long cable, and the people one might find while taking a trip around the city.

Written by jmessner

January 18, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Picture of the Week – Door to Another World

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This week’s Picture of the Week peeks through to the Kelvin Hall Sports Arena from the former Kelvin Street in the Museum of Transport. It was taken during a security check of the building.

The juxtaposition of the old and the new, as well as the different lighting makes for interesting viewing. How many people walking through our re-created street while it was still open would have imagined that a sports hall was literally through a set of doors beneath a mural of the old Glasgow skyline?!

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November 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

Kelvin Street Snapshot

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Kelvin Street

Kelvin Street dismantled.

Decay and ruin
Devastation and despair
Rebirth shall follow

By Iain Simpson

Written by Colin Campbell

July 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

Last Subway Car Leaves Kelvin Street

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Early this morning, the last of three subway cars left the Museum of Transport on the back of a lorry. Its removal from the re-created subway station in Kelvin Street yesterday was a delicate and tricky manoeuvre, with the low-loader repeatedly moving back and forth to negotiate the museum’s corners and pillars. Clearance at times was down to millimetres. 

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Last week’s Evening Times article covered the removal of the museum’s other two subway cars. These subway cars, dating from 1896 and 1898, will be the first objects installed at Riverside, where they will help form key displays in the new museum’s re-created streets.

Written by Colin Campbell

July 22, 2010 at 10:23 am

A Melancholy Snapshot

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Cinema Ticket Booth
Kelvin Street’s cinema ticket booth.

Captured for all time
A snapshot of times gone by
Melancholia

By Iain Simpson

Written by Colin Campbell

June 28, 2010 at 10:10 am

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