Glasgow Museums join Culture Hack Scotland for the first time with THREE different datasets. Have a play with the geographical distribution of their donors, their Zoology collection (including a fish called witch) and / or a curious and intriguing dataset of all items from their collection containing the words Street, Road or Castle in the title field and Scotland in the place field…
What are Glasgow Museums?
Glasgow Museums consist of 8 world class museum venues, which house the city’s collections of national and international significance. Our aim is to make our collections accessible to as wide a range of audiences as possible. With over 1.4 Million objects with in its collection, Glasgow Museums offer something for everyone. Our museums are:
Gallery of Modern Art
Glasgow Museums Resource Centre
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Scotland Street School Museum
St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
The Burrell Collection
Glasgow Museums is part of Glasgow Life, the trading name of Culture & Sport Glasgow Ltd.
What are Glasgow Museums interested in?
We hold an enormous amount of data on our collection, much of which isn’t accessible to our visitors. We also know that our visitors hold a huge amount of knowledge of our collection, this knowledge and experience is often difficult for us to extract. With this in mind, we’re interested in the following:
1. With much of our collection produced and used within living memory, many visitors to our museums have a personal connection with the objects on display here – their first car was a Mini, they rode on that tram, they watched the launch of that ship, they helped build this locomotive. We hold much technical and production data on the objects within our collection – a missing thread to the histories of our objects is the stories of the people who used them, in the form of oral histories, photographs and film. We would love to give visitors an opportunity to directly populate the wider understanding of our collection with their own content.
2. Photography is freely allowed within all Glasgow Museums. Every week more images of our objects or venues appear on Facebook and Flickr. What are our most photographed objects?
3. Navigating each Museum – What are the most common routes through the museum? What objects do visitors linger longest in front of?
4. We know that visitors make their own connections to objects with the wider museum’s collection that are not physically displayed together. We would like to offer visitors the ability to collect their favourite objects together, creating / curating their own intellectual (or otherwise) object groupings, either from photographs, titles and information we supply, or, even better photographs, titles and information that they can supply themselves.
Any commercial usage must be agreed with Glasgow Museums.