Day 24: Glasgow

Sunday, July 19, 2015
Off to Glasgow today! It’s the largest city in Scotland with over 2 million people in the Greater Glasgow area. The architecture is definitely more modern than Edinburgh, but I only spent a single day there.

We made it the Albion Hotel in Glasgow, the northwest corner of the city, and headed off to breakfast. Check that out on the Food in England/Scotland page. I chose this place because it was near the University of Glasgow and that’s what I really wanted to visit.

University of Glasgow (via K. Emmons)
University of Glasgow (via K. Emmons)

In the afternoon, our group headed down to the University and oogled all the buildings.

Such architecture. Much wow. (via K. Emmons)
Such architecture. Much wow. (via K. Emmons)

I popped my head into the Library for a moment, and the security guard was nice enough to let me wander without being a student of Glasgow. Just being a student was enough for him, thankfully. I wandered around, but it was a Sunday and students were only allowed self-service. That’s enough for them, but I didn’t get to talk to any librarians…

University of Glasgow (via M. Emmons)
University of Glasgow (via M. Emmons)

We then wandered down to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (via K. Emmons)
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (via K. Emmons)

The Gallery and Museum was opened in 1901 as a part of the Glasgow International Exhibition. Interestingly, the architects focused on Spanish Baroque styles for the building. The collections are found in 22 themed galleries, which include French Impressionists, Scottish art, Ancient Egypt, natural history, and world cultures.

*Side note to my research: during WWII the museum materials were scattered around the country and hidden, which was fortunate because a bomb landed near by, shattering 50 tons of window glass and damaging sculptures in the central hall. Everyone was affected by the Wars…

Upon entering there was a surprise organ concert by John Kitchen! The organ has made its home in the Central Hall since 1902. John Kitchen was a Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of Edinburgh until 2014 when he retired. He now travels the country giving organ recitals and we were fortunate enough to hear him!

Epic organ (via K. Emmons)
Epic organ (via K. Emmons)

I did not get a chance to visit all of the rooms in the museum, but I did see some pretty amazing materials by well known artists. Especially in the French gallery:

“Portrait of Alexander Reid” by Vincent van Gogh (via K. Emmons)
“The Pink Tablecloth” by Henri Matisse (via K. Emmons)
“Vétheuil” by Claude Monet (via K. Emmons)

The Scottish gallery focused on artists from Scotland and depictions of Scottish events. The gallery held:

“The McNab” by Henry Raeburn (via K. Emmons)
“Burn’s Cottage, Alloway, 1876” by Sam Bough (via K. Emmons)
“The Heart of the Trossachs” by James Docharty (via K. Emmons)

The gallery and museum was huge, free, and easy to find. I’m glad I got to spend an afternoon wandering the halls and reflecting on art.

On to Day 25!

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