New Riverside Display Celebrates Scottish Olympians
The Riverside Museum has introduced its first new display since it opened just over a year ago. The £74 million museum has become Glasgow’s most popular attraction with more than 1.5million people visiting in the first 12 months and it has won a string of awards.
The display at the North entrance which displayed vehicles belonging to Robbie Coltrane, Alex Kapranos, Danny McAskill and a concept car from Zaha Hadid has been moved. In its place is a new display which celebrates Glasgow’s role as an Olympic host city with items loaned to the museum linked to some of Scotland’s Olympic heroes.
This dramatic new display in the North Window brings together over 40 years of ‘TranSport’. Objects belonging to some of Scotland’s sporting heroes, heroines and hopefuls, including British Number One wheelchair tennis star Gordon Reid, 1968 Mexico Olympics cyclist Billy Bilsland, European Silver Medallist sailor, Charlotte Dobson, and Olympian Sir Chris Hoy are included.
The Riverside Museum houses more than 3,000 exhibits, in over 150 interactive displays. From massive steam locomotives, to the recreation of a city street during the 1900s, the Zaha Hadid designed building provides a stunning backdrop to showcase the innovation and ambition of what was the ‘Second City of the Empire’.
Since it opened Riverside has won the Micheletti Award Winner for Best Science, Technical, Industrial Museum by the European Museum Academy; won for Outstanding Achievement at the Glasgow City Council Flourish Awards 2012; was named Best customer experience at the Scottish Digital Business Awards 2012; won the Best Engineering design at the Scottish Design Awards 2012 and was named Scotland's Favourite Visitor Attraction by the Scottish Entertainment Guide Awards 2012.
Councillor Archie Graham, Chair of Glasgow Life said: “One of the many benefits of such a stunning building is the flexibility it allows us to make significant, regular changes to the displays. The first new display celebrates Glasgow and Scotland’s past and future Olympians but fans of the star’s cars which were previously in the North Window will also delighted to know they are being found new homes at the museum. These changes will keep visitors to the museum coming to discover all that’s going on at Riverside this summer.”