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The Riverside Museum front view by Editor 5991 licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Quick Adventures: The Riverside Museum and Tall Ship

Did you know not far from campus is the European Museum of the Year 2013? Yeah, us neither. Unfortunately it’s not the University’s Hunterian, which is pretty good anyway, don’t turn your nose up at it’s lack of awards. It’s like the Leonardo DiCaprio of museums. But it turns out that our humble little Riverside Museum (aka the Transport Museum) is such a museum. It’s Glasgow’s newest museum, only opening in 2011. So getting the Museum of the Year award after only two years is quite something. It was built to replace the old Transport Museum at Kelvinhall, opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (another must-visit museum in Glasgow) and actually has more than twice as many items as the old one. The building itself is supposed to look like waves to reflect Glasgow’s maritime history, the fact that it is on the confluence of the rivers Kelvin and Clyde and that the site is on an old shipyard. But you can’t really appreciate the views from the ground, you can see a bit of what the architect was hoping for if you are on a train going through Partick station, but not much sadly.

Exterior of the Winter Garden with People's Palace at the rear, by Kim Traynor licensed under CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Quick Adventures: Glasgow Green, The People’s Palace & Winter Garden

You probably noticed the huge amounts of pipers around Glasgow last week. That was the World Pipe Band Championships going on in Glasgow Green, one of the prized parks of Glasgow. You may have also been here before if you went to the Guy Fawkes/Bonfire Night, which is the largest display in Scotland. Glasgow Green is about 130 acres of river-front parkland just to the east of the city centre. Inside the many paths and grassy open spaces is The People’s Palace and Winter Garden, a weird architectural mash-up of a late 19th century civic building and a huge botanic glasshouse stuck right on the back of it. The Palace was a gift to the East End, which at the time was a collection of very deprived areas. It has kept to its original spirit over the years as a place of leisure and learning for the people of Glasgow. The Green itself was originally swampy and split by the Molendinar Burn (the same one from the Necropolis) and the Camlachie Burn. The area was first used for washing clothes and later on turned into the early modern period Glasgow institution — the ‘steamie’ wash-house. The washerwomen later on turned into protesting Suffragettes here on the Green.

Highlan' coos by Chris Upson licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0.

Quick Adventures: Pollok Country Park and the Burrell Collection

This little adventure requires daring to go south of the river. The tales you’ve heard are all nonsense, the Southside is pretty nice. Pollok Country Park is in the Pollok area, unsurprisingly. It’s about 3 miles from the city centre, so if you get scared of the Southsiders you can get to safety pretty quickly. The park is the largest in Glasgow, and has lots of cool things in it: fields of Highlan’ Coos (it’s not just Scottish people who are hairy gingers, it’s our cattle too), red deer roaming wild, the White Cart Water, an awesome play park with a zip slide, huge and fragrant walled gardens, and an incredible art gallery called the Burrell Collection. It was voted Best European Park in 2008, so we’re talking crème de la crème here.

Perseids by Kim MyoungSung licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Overnight Adventures: Meteors at Milngavie

The Perseid meteor shower is one of the most prolific and reliable meteor showers in the northern hemisphere. This year the shower peaks on the night of 12th August, continuing through the morning. Luckily, this is around the time of a new moon so there will be no reflected solar light to block viewings. The hardest part is finding a place to see the shower without light pollution from urban areas. Since the meteors can only been seen in the north you may have to head north as well to get out of the glare of Glasgow’s bright lights. You can head east or west too, as long as the view to the north is clear. In this guide we’ll be going north, as it has easy transport links.

Interior of Glasgow Cathedral by Steve Collins licensed under CC-BY-2.0

Quick Adventures: Old Glasgow

The old settlement of Glasgow sprang up around what is now the Cathedral and that is where some of the oldest and most interesting places in the city are. Our fine University even used to be around there before moving to the current campus at Gilmorehill. The main attractions are the 12th century Cathedral (which houses the remains of Glasgow’s patron Saint Mungo), the St. Mungo’s Museum of Religious Life and Art, a 15th century house that is now a museum called the Provand’s Lordship and the Victorian graveyard called the Necropolis, which overlooks the city. All of these interesting places can be found just east of the University of Strathclyde, at the crossing of Cathedral Street and Castle Street (yes, there used to be a castle here, it’s now the Royal Infirmary).

The Kibble Palace in Glasgow Botanic Gardens. Photo by Jan Zeschky. Licensed under CC-BY-2.0.

Quick Adventures: The Botanic Gardens

If you're time rich and money poor then Glasgow in summertime is for you. There's so much free/cheap things for you to do in the city. From world class galleries, to 500 year old houses, to Highland Coos wandering open areas, Glasgow has a lot to offer. First up is our lovely Botanic Gardens. It used to be used for cultivating plants for the University. Despite being right on the University's doorstep, few students fully utilise this dear green place, unless they live in halls at Queen Margaret or Winton Drive. The main entrance is located at the top of Byres Road, at the cross with Queen Margaret Drive and Great Western Road. This Glasgow institution is almost 200 years old now. From this impressive entrance you can see the various large glasshouses, a wide open grass area, plenty of flower borders and lots of individual trees. Lots of the plants are tagged so that you can learn about the species.

Glasgow University Students Representative Council. Printed: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 16:53:46 +0000