Glasgow Police Museum tells the history of Britain’s first police force in Glasgow from 1779 to 1975. It is run by volunteer members of the Glasgow Police Heritage Society.
There’s an impressive display of medals.
There’s an International Police Exhibition showcasing uniforms from around the world.
The Glasgow Police Museum is located in Bell Street in the Merchant City district. It’s free to enter, although donations are welcome. The opening hours vary by season. From 1 November to 31 March, the Glasgow Police Museum is only open two days a week, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Whereas from 1 April to 31 October, it’s open seven days a week.
I finally got around to visiting the House for an Art Lover during the Glasgow Doors Open event in 2017. The house was designed in 1901 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald as an entry for a German design magazine competition.
However construction of the House for an Art Lover wasn’t started until 1989, with completion in 1996.
There are some fantastic lights in the House for an Art Lover.
My favourite room was the Music Room, entered through doors decorated with stained glass.
The room was set up for a wedding reception taking place that afternoon.
The Dining Room was pretty impressive, if a bit dark for my taste.
I really liked the House for an Art Lover. It’s located in Bellahouston Park, which lies close the J1 of the M77.
Visiting a Willow Tea Room in Glasgow is something that I’d been meaning to do for ages.
My opportunity came when the Willow at Watt Brothers in Sauchiehall Street, hosted an event during Doors Open Days in September 2017.
It was a morning event with a talk about the history of tea in Glasgow, during which tea and homemade shortbread would be served.
The talk was very interesting. I’d hadn’t realised that Thomas Lipton was a Glaswegian. But I do find it strange that Lipton tea is more popular outside the UK. I also learned that the famous Cutty Sark tea carrying ship was built on the Clyde.
The Cranston family were heavily involved in the development on tea rooms in Glasgow. Stuart Cranston opened his first tea shop in St Enoch Square. His younger sister Catherine followed suit, commissioning Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. to design her tea room in Ingram Street in 1896.
I must say that the selection of baking at the Willow Tea Room at Watt Brothers looked very tempting.
The Elia Greek restaurant is located in Glasgow’s George Square. I had lunch there with our son Simon. The two course set menu cost £7 per person.
Bread and olives were brought to our table.
For starter, I had Taramasalata (cod roe dip).
Simon had Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat). which were very good.
My main course was Moussaka. I was a bit surprised that I was offered either chips or rice with the Moussaka, as the dish already contains a potato layer. I assume that this is to keep costs down on the set lunch. My Moussaka was tasty, but rather heavy on the cheese sauce topping and light on meat and aubergine.
Simon’s main course was Chicken Souvalaki. The chicken was tender,
The staff all seemed to be Greek and service was good.
For £7 a head for a two course lunch in central Glasgow, the Elia Greek restaurant offers value for money. Personally, I’d rather pay a bit more to have a more meaty main course without chips.
This Will Ruin Everything by Recoat runs until 30 July 2017 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. You’ll need to get your skates on to see this great exhibition celebrating the 10th anniversary of Recoat,a Scottish arts organisation which specialises in contemporary urban art.
The Poppies exhibition, by artists Max Brand and Joannne Robertson, is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 11 June 2017. This debut collaboration features paintings, sculptures and a musical work from Berlin based Brand and London based Robertson.
I wasn’t too keen on various clothes rails around the exhibition. Clothes installations seems to be popular at the moment. I saw one at the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Switch House at the Tate Modern in London last Summer, and another recently in which all the walls of a room were hung with clothes at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga during my recent visit to the Spanish city.
I did like the vivid colours of the wall hung canvases and the floor and wall murals in the Poppies exhibition.
I spotted some carrier bags in the materials used to construct the sculptures.
My favourite part of the Poppies exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow were the window decorations.
There were also some painted sheets suspended from the ceiling.
I have thought about doing painting some murals on the walls at home. I suppose that if I used pastels, it wouldn’t be too hard to wash the mural off the wall, if it didn’t turn out successfully.
The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is free to enter, It’s open seven days a week. But check the opening hours before visiting. I almost got caught out visiting on Sunday morning, as I assumed that the Gallery would open at 10am, but it’s 11am on Sundays and Fridays. Closing time is 5pm, except on Thursdays, when it’s 8pm.
Holmwood House in the south of Glasgow was designed in the 1850s by the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek Thomson for the Couper family, who owned a nearby mill. Holmwood was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in1994 . Prior to that it had been used as a Catholic primary school.
There’s a lot of work still to be done in the house to return it to its original state.
The bay window in the parlour is lovely.
It affords an expansive view of the garden from inside.
The dining room is where the Greek influence is most evident. There’s a frieze with scenes from Homer’s Iliad
On one side of the black marble fireplace, some of the original stencil work has been exposed.
According to my guide, the National Trust plan to commission wallpaper with this design.
I loved the cupola. The obscure glass between the caryatids (stone carvings of draped female figures supporting the dome) has stars etched on it.
I enjoyed my visit to Holmwwood House. The volunteer guides were very welcoming and knowledgeable. It was good to be shown around initially, and then be able to wander round at my own pace to take photos.