Classics celebrated in new Scots museum


Scottish classic motoring heritage may be limited, but it is showcased to the hilt at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow, which celebrates transport and travel and opens its doors later this month.

As well as a 1960s garage tableau, there is a wall of cars, the story behind the first Hillman Imp to roll off a Scottish production line, the late Colin McRae’s World Rally Championship winning Subaru Impreza, actor Robbie Coltrane’s Chrysler Jeep, a rare collection of early Albion, Argyll and Arrol Johnson cars and the second largest fire engine collection in the country.

Designed by Zaha Hadid, the £74 million building houses more than 3000 exhibits, in over 150 interactive displays celebrating not just motoring, but the entire transport history of the Clyde, in which shipbuilding and loco engines play a huge part.

The Riverside Museum opens to the public on 21 June. It has been funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Riverside Museum Appeal. Entry is free.

Pictures by Culture & Sport Glasgow (Museums) and Lenny Warren/Warren Media



this looks fantastic - and close to home as well :)

Cha tig an aois leis fhein - Age does not come alone


At the slight risk of being pedant of the month, you have made an error in the name of one of the great Scottish car makes; that of Arrol-Johnston. This has a "T" and not as it appears in your review of the new Riverside Museum. One aspect of the new museum that will, I suspect, only become clear when visiting is the succes or otherwise of displaying some cars on a wall setting. This has been done elsewhere with, for myself anyway, very limited appeal. The National Motor Museum had a number of their racing cars on raised ramps, now being replaced by a new mezzanine structure, and the only worthwhile example that I have seeen is in the Musee Nationale du Conservatoire des Arts et Metiers in Paris. Here the display is arranged with the cars on a number of levels - all of which are accessed by visitors, including disabled. Another point that, again, will only be answered by a visit is by how much the number of vehicles on display has been increased or decreased compared with the museum's former homes at Kelvingrove and, prior to that, at Coplawhill Tram Works. The very disappointing "Think Tank" in Birmingham is a prime example of how not to do it! Congratulations, however, to the museum authorities for seeing this project through amidst considerable funding difficulties.

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