Clyde Life

Clyde Life is a stunning, nostalgic photography display capturing the ever-changing landscape of Glasgow’s River Clyde

Clyde Life

About Clyde Life

Scotland’s Museum of Travel and Transport, built on the banks of one of the world’s most famous rivers, tells the story of how ‘Glasgow made the Clyde and the Clyde made Glasgow’.

The exhibition presents 22 striking images from Glasgow Museums’ collection, which chronicles the transformation of the city’s main waterway across a 200-year period, up to the present day. Dramatic photographs are presented in four geographic sections and together convey a sense of the changes witnessed by the 109 mile-long river.

Chair of Glasgow Life, Councillor Archie Graham, said: “Clyde Life reveals many evocative aspects of the iconic River Clyde that will delight and surprise visitors. It begins with a beautiful watercolour by an unknown artist, showing salmon fishing in the early 1800s, and moves through the years.

“Strong black and white photos show the majestic Finnieston crane and the vast changes that accompanied the rise of heavy industry. The final images ignite a touch of nostalgia, looking back on great city successes like the Glasgow Garden Festival and the construction of Riverside Museum itself.”

To mark the displays opening Glaswegian Alan Reid, former member of the internationally renowned folk group Battlefield Band, played a short acoustic set in Riverside Museum. Visitors were treated to a rendition of the appropriately named 'Shipyard Apprentice’ and other tunes from his repertoire.

In excess of 1 million people visit Riverside every year. Clyde Life presents images that will resonate with a great many of these visitors. Some will recall watching the PS Waverley sail up the River Clyde, a few are sure to have been on board. Others will have screamed or been scared into silence while riding the mighty Coca-Cola Roller Coaster at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988. Some will be surprised by the sheer beauty of the Clyde’s surroundings. Clyde Life captures all these events, occasions and environs and is sure to captivate audiences at Riverside Museum.

Councillor Archie Graham continued: “Glasgow Museums’ Photo Library is an incredibly rich resource, full of images from our unique collection. Visitors to Clyde Life can access a host of other detailed photographs of the Clyde and shipbuilding via a digital touchscreen within the display. And the great thing is all of these images can be ordered as an unusual Christmas gift.”

Clyde Life is located upstairs in Riverside Museum beside the rotating ship conveyer and Blockade Runners display. For more information on Riverside Museum visit www.glasgowmuseums.com.

The Glasgow Life Photo Library holds images from the unique collections of Glasgow Museums and Glasgow Libraries and Archives. With paintings from all the major European schools - including Old Masters, French Impressionists, Glasgow Boys (and Girls) and the pre-Raphaelites - to social history images and historic photographs of shipbuilding on the Clyde, the public can order a fine art, photographic or canvas print from Glasgow Museums collection. The last day for ordering art prints in time for Christmas is Monday 19 December for delivery to addresses within the UK, and Thursday 8 December for delivery to all other countries.

While we take every opportunity to ensure the details for Clyde Life are accurate, we always advise that you contact the event organiser before setting out for the event to avoid disapointment.

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