Down by the Riverside: Glasgow’s Museum of Transport and Travel

10.10.2018

Whenever a building has been designed by Iraqi-born star architect Zaha Hadid, it is destined to become an award-winning landmark that attracts maximum attention. The Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel set on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, profits from a combined power: the magnetism exerted by a contemporary architectural shell of attested refinement and the veteran exhibits restored to enchant present and future crowds. The Riverside accommodates more than 3,000 objects that profoundly document the city’s transportation-linked past – maritime and otherwise.

A treasure chest of historical vehicles

There are trams ...

There are trams …

... and prams.

… and prams …

... horse powers below shiny hoods ...

… horsepower hidden below shiny racing-green hoods …

... and quadrupled manpower on slim saddles.

… or quadrupled manpower “resting” on dog-snout saddles.

On display is a captivating collection mirroring the types of vehicles used in the first half of the 20th century, such as massive locomotives, trams and prams, velocipedes, voiturettes and adorable vintage cars polished to a twinkling lustre. To intensify visitors’ experience of the exhibition, images, memories and films telling the enlightening stories behind the objects, are shown on around 90 large touch-screen panels. Displays are themed and clustered in order to ensure the most effective yield for everyone visiting.
www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/riverside

Ship to shore: The Glenlee

The Tall Ship Glenlee. Whereas the minutely finished, elaborate ships models inside the exhibition pay tribute to their builders' astounding patience and skills, the Tall Ship Glenlee, berthed adjacent to the museum, makes a proper real-life venue for private events or corporate functions. The three-masted barque was built in Glasgow in 1896 as a bulk cargo carrier and later used by the Spanish Navy for training purposes. Drinks receptions (200 pax) or seated dinners (150 pax) can be held on either the main deck - weather permitting – or below in the retired vessel's cozy belly.

The Tall Ship Glenlee.
Whereas the minutely finished, elaborate ships models inside the exhibition pay tribute to their builders’ astounding patience and skills, the Tall Ship Glenlee, berthed adjacent to the museum, makes a proper real-life venue for private events or corporate functions. The three-masted barque was built in Glasgow in 1896 as a bulk cargo carrier and later used by the Spanish Navy for training purposes. Drinks receptions (200 pax) or seated dinners (150 pax) can be held on either the main deck – weather permitting – or below in the retired vessel’s cozy belly.
Photo courtesy of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow.

A cute little Oldtimer car exhibited at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

For clients seeking a singular topical venue in which to hold meetings or corporate events, the Riverside Museum offers capacity for up to 1,000 guests for an ‘access all areas’ standing function. An expert-led exclusive guided tour of the collection is to be had for an additional fee.

The second most roomy outdoor event space in Glasgow, Events Square next to the main entrance allows for hosting of a plethora of functions ranging from music concerts to motor shows and rallies, sporting events as well as trade, fashion and award shows. It also represents a great platform for companies to showcase their latest products.

For catering indoors, an in-house provider offers a full range of services. For outdoors, clients are free to choose their own hospitality partner. AV and PA equipments are available along with technical aid plus services such as experienced photographers, DJs and music, flower arrangements, security services, dance floors …
http://glasgowvenuehire.org.uk

All images ©Christina Feyerke