Friends of Glasgow Museums will mark its 70th birthday with a celebration at the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow. FoGM is an independent charity, supporting the work of Glasgow Museums. Established in 1944, it has been a great contributor to the development of the city’s art galleries and museums.
The organisation has been instrumental in helping to preserve Glasgow’s great civic art collection, considered by many to be one of the finest in Europe. One recent major contribution enabled Glasgow Museums to buy a new frame for the world famous The Madonna with the Child Blessing by Giovanni Bellini, presently on tour in North America.
Friends of Glasgow Museums was established in 1944 with Dr. Tom J. Honeyman (1891-1971) as Honorary Secretary. Some 800 members pledged their support to the charity during its first year. Throughout their 70 years the organisation has contributed towards new acquisitions, helped fund conservation projects and assisted teachers in supporting the Museums Service in schools. Items which have been acquired by Glasgow Museums and FoGM have contributed to include Stirling Station by William Kennedy, one of the celebrated Glasgow Boys artists, and part of the Earl of Pembroke’s armour, from around 1550, currently on display in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Speaking at the celebration event, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Sadie Docherty, said: “It is my pleasure to welcome so many of the current Friends of Glasgow Museums to GoMA. The city and all of the visitors to each of our nine museums greatly appreciate the support Friends of Glasgow Museums have given throughout the past 70 years. Their efforts have played a key role in ensuring Glasgow’s art galleries and museums are among the best in Europe.”
Duncan Dornan, Senior Museum Manager with Glasgow Life, said: “We wish the Friends of Glasgow Museums a very happy 70th birthday and sincerely thank them for their generous contribution to Glasgow Museums. Their donations have enabled many projects to achieve more or done so quicker than might otherwise have been possible. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful support.”
Liz Dent, Chair of Friends of Glasgow Museums, said: “As one of the oldest Friends organisations in the UK we are delighted to be celebrating our three score years and ten. It’s quite a milestone. I’d like to thank every Friend for their support, including all those who couldn’t make the celebration. We look forward to working with Glasgow Museums in the future and continue doing all we can to help maintain and extend the very high standards of our city’s art and museum collections.”
Find out more about Friends of Glasgow Museums and how to get involved here