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Glasgow’s Queens prepare for final voyage to Riverside

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The three largest ship models in Glasgow Museums’ collection – the Queen Mary, the Queen Elizabeth and the QE2 – are preparing to make their final voyage. In the next few weeks, they’ll make the last leg of their epic journey from the Clyde Room at the Museum of Transport to the new Riverside Museum.

Like all of the ship models in the collection, these three ships are incredibly fragile. Unlike the others, however, they are huge! These are hefty models that weigh up to 258kgs each, and took a team of six people to carefully move them out from their display case in the Clyde Room and onto maneuverable skates.

Specialist contractors from Constantine carefully lifted them into custom-built wooden crates using fabric straps. The models were then covered in protective sheeting, the crates built up around them, and the interiors filled with packing to prevent the models moving. Soon they’ll be forklifted down into the main hall then loaded onto a lorry and taken to the Riverside Museum.

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The art of war: Linda Kitson on the QE2

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In 1982, war artist Linda Kitson set sail on the Clyde-built QE2, along with troops heading for the Falkland Islands. In the film below, curator David Scott outlines Linda’s journey on QE2 and describes how her drawings captured the intimate details of life on board.

The new Riverside Museum in Glasgow, opening in 2011, will share some of Linda’s drawings alongside the museum’s QE2 ship model, presenting a new perspective on this much-loved ship.

This webcast is the of a series of broadcasts published by the Riverside Museum Appeal. Click here to watch more of the RMA’s videos examining Riverside’s displays. Find out about our stories featuring Scotland’s earliest cars, the razzle dazzle ship models, prams in the city, stylish dress shops, rally hero Colin McRae, and Glasgow’s cinemas.

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