Welcome back to the blog. I hope your garden is beginning to thrive especially after the colder than average spring we’ve had? You can expect an update on my garden and the fun projects we’ve tackled soon, but before then I wanted to share a wonderful day out I experienced with my eldest daughter Mia recently. So come along as I show you around The Burrell Collection.
Located in Glasgows Pollock Country Park, The Burrell Collection is the private collection of Sir William Burrell, who with his amassed shipping fortune, curated an extensive and world famous collection of antique art, sculpture, ceramics and textiles. When I discovered the collection included pieces by Degas, Rembrandt and Cezanne, along with over 200 tapestries, the maker in me was excited to soak it all in!
The museum itself is a purpose built minimalist structure filled with an abundance of natural light, balanced with moodier areas dependent on the style of the objects. We wandered from space to space trying to wrap our heads around 1500 years old works of art; while pondering just how long it would take to create a 40 square metre tapestry during medieval times?!
The unobtrusive interactive displays went a long way in explaining key facts and perspective behind different pieces. My favourite of the day had to be ‘ballet rehearsal’ a piece by Degas, and the clever interactive animation of the painting. Mia on the other hand favoured the 2000 year old Egyptian pottery.
After an hour or so of exploring we headed to the Burrell restaurant for lunch. I was surprised at just how considered the restaurant was, with a presence of its own. With a focus on locally sourced produce and eco friendly wine, we indulged! Do try the Thistly Cross Elderflower Cider when you go, tis’ delicious says Mia!
The view from the restaurant across the parkland is lovely. If my children were younger, I wouldn’t hesitate to bring them along; there’s tons of space to run around, cycle paths and a park with climbing frames and swings galore. On a sunny day you won’t go wrong with a picnic blanket, drinks and snacks from the espresso bar or coffee shop. Also don’t forget to pop along and visit the highland coos.
After lunch we explored the galleries and gift shop, where I picked up a Degas print to add my growing gallery wall. There are over 9000 objects in the total Burrell collection and not enough hours in a day, so we will no doubt be back. The best part is entrance to both the park and museum is free!
I do hope you enjoyed this post. Until next time!