European Museum of the Year, Riverside Museum,
is celebrating winning another European award, after picking up the prestigious
MusIL prize at an award ceremony in Brescia in Italy. The MusIL award is made for the
best short film related to museums of contemporary history, science and
was among 45 museums which considered for the Museums in Short 2013 awards.
video, which forms part of a display ‘Journeys to Glasgow’, was wholly researched and produced by Glasgow Museums. It charts the experience of Indian and
Pakistani immigrants who came to Glasgow
to work on the buses in the 50s and 60s.
display is located next to the 1949 Glasgow Corporation Transport Albion
short film was produced in conjunction with several local community groups in
Glasgow who assisted in finding and interviewing transport employees who came
to the city, together with some archival film.
One gentleman who features is Mr
Din, who spent his life on the buses in Glasgow. He was promoted to Inspector
and later became Inspector for Traffic Research and Development, the highest
ranking Asian in Glasgow’s
Transport Department at that time.
opened on June 21 2011, Riverside
has welcomed almost 3 million people through its doors to see 3000 objects in
150 displays. As well as winning the
MusIL award, Riverside has also been named European Museum
of the Year 2013, Best Science, Technical, Industrial
Museum by the European
in 2012, Scotland's
Favourite Visitor Attraction at the Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards in 2012
and Best Customer Experience Scottish Digital Business Awards 2011.
Riverside passed the 1 million visitor mark
just 6 months after opening and welcomed its 2 millionth visitor in December
Archie Graham, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City
Council, said: “Riverside
has been a phenomenal success and we are very proud of the many awards which
recognise the museum and what it offers visitors.
is about the stories that connect the objects, the tales of how each of these
exhibits made a difference to the people who made them, travelled on them or
connected through them. It is about people
and this has been recognised by awarding the MusIL prize for best short video
to Riverside for
its outstanding Journeys to Work exhibit, which explores something of the rich
cultural heritage of our wonderful city and the people who made it.”