Lost your head? Find it at the Kelvingrove Museum.
The celebrations and endless action-packed days may be over. But don’t let that stop you from soaking up the remaining sunshine and sailing away. Because who needs sand and sea when you can have your own adventure on a ship in the comfort of this great city.
I explored the Riverside Museum many times before but I’d always overlooked the Tall Ship parked out back. How or why – well I’m not too sure. But the main thing is I finally got on-board.
Yes the weather is getting a little more crisp but don’t let that stop you. Wrap up and discover all the nooks and crannies. There are many.
Swab the deck and soak up the sun
From the captains quarters – complete with very cute tub – to swabbing the deck and investigating the inner bowels of the boat, it’s all pretty amazing.
And if you meet the pirate your dreams, you can even get married on the ship. Marvellous!
On a clear blue day the view from the upper deck is nothing short of mesmerising. Oh – and it’s all free. Or if you make a small donation, you get a guide all about the Ship.
So go on, have ahoy of a time.
A bicycle built for deux awaits you at the Riverside Museum
Lost your head? Find it at the Kelvingrove…
I’m wandering through Glasgow Green on my lunch break when the sky opens up a flood so I take shelter in the People’s Palace.
Admittedly I haven’t been in years and I’ve forgotten about what a great museum it is. Up the grand wooden stairs, I’m greeted by the Ten Commandments in pure Glaswegian. Brilliant!
Living history, breathing life
The spirit of Glasgow dwells here. History from 1750 to the end of the 20th century comes to life through installations, objects and voice recordings.
I wander in-and-out of different pockets of time like the Buttercup Dairy and the Anderson Bomb Shelter. I discover the various possessions of the city’s most famous – Billy Connolly’s banana boots are a definite favourite.
Refreshingly there’s no shushing curators or hands-off signs. Kids run freely from room-to-room, pushing buttons and having fun. In fact, they’re encouraged to test their curiosity and try things out.
And that’s what this big kid does. My favourite installation has to be the tenement room – a tiny space that the entire family crammed into – sleeping, bathing, eating and living. I’m suddenly very appreciative of the luxury of space in my own life.
Down pour avoided and lunch break over, I reluctantly return to the present.
Rain or shine the People’s Palace is a must-see museum. Give it a go and discover the different areas of Glasgow life – old and new; their latest exhibition is a collection of souvenirs from the Olympic Games.
Explore and enjoy. And do touch!
What to do? So much choice and it’s all free! This weekend Glasgow throws open its doors and invites you to have nosy to find out what’s inside.
Now in its 23rd year, Doors Open Day (DOD) lets you walk through the cordoned off areas of all those interesting buildings in Glasgow and discover what really happens behind the scenes.
There’s over 100 buildings to choose from – 41 walks, tours, talks and events.
Explore GSA, discover Govanhill Baths and more
Why not take a tour of the Glasgow School of Art, normally £8.75, but totally free for DOD. This Charles Rennie Mackintosh beauty is a working building full of unusual detail. Look out for the glass eyes on the wooden door. To avoid disappointment, be sure to book sooner than later as spaces are limited.
Discover the Govanhill Baths – a labour of love that has been brought back to life by the strength of the community. Local folks fought and fundraised for years to secure money to refurbish the building and restore it as a vital part of the community. And exciting things are happening here, in October the National Theatre of Scotland is set to perform their show Lifeguard – check it out.
At the top of my DOD list is a tour of the Glasgow Museum Resource Centre (GMRC), hugely popular, booking is essential for this one. Even though there are nine museums across Glasgow, they only house a tiny fraction of the objects in the city, the rest are stored at GMRC. On DOD I’ll get to discover these other gems from across the globe and through centuries. Fantastic!
And there’s plenty more to explore, wander through the backstage corridors at the Citizen Theatre, join Glasgow Women’s Library on an East End Women’s Heritage Walk and discover the stories of the women who worked in the Templeton Factory or the Suffragettes held in Duke Street Prison.
But if trekking around old buildings doesn’t appeal, why not take a 12-75 North Glasgow Arts Bus Route a unique tour of public art from the comfort of the No.75 bus.
Glasgow opens its doors 15 -16 September, so go explore.
Escape the rain and lift your spirits at the GoMA
My sons have recently started to become interested in music. And from the time they could talk, X Factor has been a viable path to fame. But it’s time to counteract this fabricated notion of music. And so we set off for the AC/DC exhibition at the Kelvingrove.
It seems appropriate that Brian, Malcolm, Angus and the boys are taking up residence in the dark basement – their posters, programmes, album covers and personal letters cover the walls. And yet this vault of memorabilia isn’t dark at all. It’s buzzing with activity – their essence so strong you can almost smell them. My boys are instantly transfixed by interviews and music glaring back from various TV screens, headphones clamped firmly to their ears.
Around us long-haired fans with leather jackets enjoy moments of their own. A tribute wall covered in red messages: “ACDC shared my 40th birthday before I got MS, best day of my life”, “Highway to Glasgow” and “ACDC rock” to name but a few. More than three decades onward, these rockers still evoke such passion from their fans. The difference between legends and fleeting celebrity I suppose.
Music rocking and screaming its way into existence
Mouths ajar my boys watch the screen as AC/DC belts out Highway to Hell from a 10 foot high wall to thousands. The sound blasts out – and there’s nothing contrived here. There is only raw energy, long hair, rangy bodies and passion stomping across the stage. This music comes from people, not produced, styled and groomed but rocking and screaming its way into existence.
We leave the exhibition returning to the reality of the outdoors, eyes blinking in the light. The boys loved it – and so did I. I remember when music meant something to me, and how I lived life through the songs I listened to. I hope my boys will do the same.
Admittedly they aren’t rock fans (yet) but the point is you don’t have to be to appreciate this amazing tribute to a group that have been raising hell and wowing the world for over three decades.
Not to be missed!
And although AC/DC don’t have plans to stop anytime soon – the exhibit eventually will and is around till 12 February 2012. It’s well worth the 2 quid ticket – so make sure you welcome your comrades home – AC/DC were of course formed by the Young brothers, Glasgow-born Australians.