Riverside Museum wins Micheletti Award
Glasgow’s newest attraction, The Riverside Museum, has been named the most innovative museum in the fields of technology, labour and social history by the European Museums Academy. Riverside beat off competition from museums in 12 other European countries to win the 17th Micheletti Award.
The museum, which has already attracted more than 1.4million visitors since it opened to the public in June last year, was judged on a variety of criteria ranging from the Zaha Hadid designed building, innovation in displays, the attitude and knowledge of staff to events the public can take part in.
In their citation, the judges noted that: “The careful planning of the museum included involving visitors and volunteers at every stage of the development. Advisory panels have been established, including the educational panel which addresses children and teachers, with a separate teens panel for high schools. There is also a community panel for parents and older people.”
The judges concluded that: “The museum has put its budget and its large workforce to excellent use, it is completely publicly oriented, flexible and always on the outlook. It is making a change to a rundown neighbourhood, as well as being a showcase of past, present and future transport industries of Glasgow.”
Dr Bridget McConnell, Chief Executive of Glasgow Life said: “The Micheletti Award covers almost every aspect of the work that went into Riverside and is confirmation that Glasgow has created another attraction to rival Europe’s best.
Riverside Museum was a labour of love for hundreds of dedicated people who worked to bring Glasgow a wonderful attraction that celebrates the city’s rich transport heritage and brings to life the experiences of hundreds of people who used, built and enjoyed all the objects inside.”
Lawrence Fitzgerald, Riverside Museum Manager said: “The judges were particularly impressed by the relationships the museum had built up with people before, during and after opening and by the range of stories told at Riverside. We always knew the old Museum of Transport is close to the hearts of people in Glasgow and to win this prestigious award by keeping safe the treasures of yesterday for future generations is a proud moment for everyone at the museum and who worked on the project.”