Glasgow Museums has to date been involved in several major appeals:
Riverside Museum Appeal
The most recent appeal for Glasgow Life was the Riverside Museum Appeal, which was delivered by the Riverside Museum Appeal Trust. The appeal raised £4.6m in donations from charitable trusts, companies and individuals towards the creation of a new transport and travel museum in Glasgow. The Riverside Museum opened on 21 June 2011, and visitor figures have outstripped all expectations, seeing over 300,000 visitors by the end of July 2011. All donors' names are permanently recognised within the museum.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
The most notable campaign was the refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which secured over £500,000 in donations and resulted in some 9,000 names being permanently recognised on plaques in the Centre Hall at Kelvingrove. Such was the success of the appeal and its ability to convert interested parties into actual donors, it was nominated for both local and national fundraising awards.
Glasgow Boys Exhibition
The second major direct appeal was for the Glasgow Boys exhibition, Pioneering Painters: The Glasgow Boys 1880-1900 which was held at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum from April to September 2010. The Friends of Glasgow Museums, a long standing supporter of Museums, donated just over £30,000 from approximately 620 individuals. The exhibition proved such a critical and popular success that the museum has since opened a permanent gallery devoted to the Glasgow Boys. A report on the exhibition can be downloaded by a link on the right hand side of this page
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