Spotlight on... Riverside Museum

  • 21 March 2012

Riverside - let's go! We speak to Glasgow's most exciting museum about haggis, time machines and Kofi Annan

Interior of Riverside Museum, facing the south facade © Riverside Museum

Interior of Riverside Museum, facing the south facade

Since it opened in June 2011, Riverside Museum's sweeping architecture has brought new life to Glasgow's waterfront. We spoke to the Art Fund Prize-longlisted museum about haggis, time machines and Kofi Annan…


Age: An energetic nine-month-old that can not only walk, but also skateboard, cycle and drive.

Describe yourself in three words: Curvaceous, spiky, green.

What is your most treasured possession? The memories, images and objects kindly donated by over a thousand (and counting) supporters and volunteers.

Your most famous visitor is? Kofi Annan, The Princess Royal, Robbie Coltrane and even a fake Johnny Depp… my red carpet’s well and truly worn.

What is your best café creation? Veggie haggis, neeps and tatties.

Any museum pets? Sammy the Seal, Heather the Heron and not forgetting our neighbourhood mute swans and cormorants - all love the waters of the river Clyde and Kelvin.

One thing that would make you better is… Getting HG Wells’s Time Machine (or even a Tardis!) to add to our displays.

You have a museum crush on… the National Museum of American History. In a previous life I had a holiday romance in 2005 in the America on the Move gallery .

What do you most dislike about your appearance? What's not to like about a bonny baby?

You’re most happy when… I'm full inside and out.


Tell the judges why Riverside Museum should win the Art Fund Prize 2012.

See the rest of the Art Fund Prize 2012 longlist.