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Riverside Museum Celebrates winning the MusIL Award

17/12/2013

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 industry.  Riverside was among 45 museums which considered for the Museums in Short 2013 awards.

The 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.  The display is located next to the 1949 Glasgow Corporation Transport Albion Venturer bus. 

The 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.

 Since it 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 Museum Academy 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 2012.

 Councillor 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. 

 “At its core Riverside 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.”​

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