Visiting Glasgow Museums and the North Somerset Show
01.05.2009 - 04.05.2009 10 °C
Glasgow is still reaping the benefits from being named European Capital of Culture in 1990. It is a tourist hotspot with a lively feel and a vibrant nightlife. I spent a day wandering through the lovely University and visited the Transport, Kelvingrove and Scotland Street School Museums. Link here.
One of my small bugbears is having to pay to enter a museum or church. These three museums were free, with a suggested donation of £1. The Transport Museum is especially popular with children and had many school trips, but also had enough to entertain the adult boy. I especially liked the life sized recreation of an early-20th century Glasgow street, complete with mini-cinema and underground station. The museum is about to move to larger premises, presumably to accomodate more exhibits. The Kelvingrove has an interesting collection of medieval weapons and armour in its conflict room. The only other item I found interesting was the Spitfire hanging in the main hall. I visited the School Musem just to look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibit.
A few days later back in Somerset it was time to visit the North Somerset Agricultural Show. A countryside and agricultural show, it celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. We went out of curiosity more than anything else. It cost a hefty £10 per ticket on the gate, but there was plenty to entertain us. As expected there were all sorts of animal competitions, from guinea pigs and horses to dogs, cows, sheep and llamas. I found the Field Ploughing competition particularly intriguing - I just could not understand why people would wish to watch men in tractors plough an artificial strip of land. The Tug of War on the other hand, provided some human drama and was compelling. I wanted to race ferrets for 20p, but settled for purchasing a jar of lemon curd instead. Ah, how quintessential.