Museums open their doors for festival

Museums and galleries across Glasgow are set to open their doors for the annual Festival of Museums - a celebration of Scotland’s culture from May 13 to 15.

Among the events are ‘Jiggin in the Riggin’ at the Tall Ship at Riverside where you can ceilidh the night away to fantastic live music from Deoch ‘n’ Dorus. All dances will be talked through, making this event perfect for beginners and seasoned pros alike.

And at the Hunterian ‘Frank Quietly in Conversation’ will see a one to one interview with Scottish comic book artist Frank Quietly, best known for his work on X-Men, Batman and Robin and Jupiter’s Legacy.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Festival of Museums, which started life as Show Scotland in 2006. Ten years on, the programme features over 100 day and night events creatively curated to help visitors engage with museums in unique and hands on ways, while spotlighting the wealth of culture in Scotland’s museums and galleries.

The programme caters to all ages and interests, and includes everything from art exhibitions and night time ceilidhs to children’s fancy dress parties and historical re-enactments.

Joanne Orr, chief executive of Museums Galleries Scotland, said: “We are thrilled to be celebrating the tenth anniversary of Festival of Museums.

“When the festival was founded our goal was to ignite minds by showcasing Scotland’s incredible range of museums and galleries.

“Over the past decade, we have been able to fund and support museums in Glasgow and helped to increase visitor numbers and sector expertise across the board. We’re delighted to return for our tenth year and are looking forward to the best festival yet.”

This is just a taste of what’s going on. For details go to www.festivalofmuseums.com.