The fear I have is that the council are trying to do it on the cheap, cutting too many corners, building and renovating nice spaces then standing back whilst they decay. Closing attractions on Mondays is just one symptom of this. Look at all the buckets that still stand embarrassingly in the Burrell Museum to collect the rainwater that comes in any time there is inclement weather in Glasgow (it has apparently been noted to rain occaisionally in this dear green place), or the cracked display cases inside and taped off area of the new steps outside the People's Palace, crumbling and unsafe (and unrepaired). After my last visit to the Arty Gartys I tried to think back to walking around some of the big European or London museums I've been to and could not remember seeing "out of order" signs everywhere, broken interactive displays, torn notices and knackered children's interactive exhibits. Well, if that is what you like, Kelvingrove seems to be the place for you to visit Mr Potential Tourist.
So good luck to the Riverside Museum, I'm truly excited about taking my children to see it. But if it is full of interactive computer screens and the hands-on displays that modern museums need, these things need to be looked after, money spent maintaining them and staff employed to supervise their use. Everybody would agree that these places are worth building and enrich the city, but they should not be allowed to crumble, decay and close like the shipyards before them that suffered badly from years of underinvestment whilst the rest of the world sailed past us.
So have all the broken things I came across last time been fixed? Have any of them?
|29th April "This interactive will be fixed by the end of April"|
|29th April "irreparably broken and will be removed by end June"|
|April 29th "will be repaired by 1st June"|
So seven weeks on, what progress has been made?
|20th June, end of April long gone - not fixed, but the sign removed|
|20th June, still "will be repaired by 1st June"|
Wow, that'll be impressive.
|20th June, time running out, but plan still to remove it by end June|
|...eh, no I can't.|
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