What Makes Glasgow Great – July: Affordable Culture

‘What makes Glasgow Great – July’ was published in The Student Advertiser in July, 2015

Summer is upon us, and consequence to a rare few days of Scottish sunshine, our student loan and bursary payments will now temporarily be placed on hold as we rest from university commitments for some four months. However, this is not to suggest that those of us who fall under the unemployment bracket will be forced to stay at home and miss out on all the fun. The need to save all year and travel abroad lessens majorly when you open your front door and realise you sometimes only need the train fare to have a good time in Glasgow.

While not all of Glasgow’s cultural activities are free, a huge proportion of them are. However, it is important not to confuse entry fees with the quality of activities. Similarly, it’s good to remember that in your entry fee you are helping to cover preservation costs – the kinds of bills which will enable Glasgow to have a long-lasting cultural history which we can continue to share with people well into the future. In such instances, you might feel better if you take a minute to remind yourself how important culture is in Scotland – we want everyone to know how great we are.
The award-winning Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel showcases a plethora of transportation methods utilised by Scotland from the late 1800s to the present day. Their impressive indoor main street, with interactive 19th century shopping scene and original Glasgow Subway station merchandise, has won over crowds since it’s opening in 2011.

Similarly, the Huntarian Museum, located within the grounds of the University of Glasgow in the West End, houses an impressive portfolio of Scottish research history through the ages, including an area dedicated to the lives and deaths of infl uential past graduates of the university. Exhibits include a real Egyptian oesophagus – which, like the Transport Museum, can be accessed free of charge. Other free exhibition include Kelvingrove Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art – both of which rely partly on public donations to continue to exist, so it is important to get visiting and donate a couple of pennies if you were impressed.

Contrastingly, did you know that the Glasgow Science Centre was one of Europe’s most popular attractions? A lot of you will remember it from your school trip days – this being a particular favourite one – as both primary and secondary schools still jump at the opportunity to take pupils onboard it’s slowly, sinking fl oorboards. While the Science Centre is not free to visit (actually, it’s quite pricey) it is worth visiting, regardless of your age or – perhaps – your slowly deteriorating interest in science. Among hundreds of other things, the attraction has it’s own planetarium (for all you Scottish space invaders out there) where staff present interactive talks throughout the day about stars, space and what kinds of things you might find beyond Earth. The Glasgow Science Centre is a bundle of colour, fun and knowledge that continues to bless people of all ages. It is an astronomical, experimental and bodily exploration into science and the world as we don’t know it.

And it ALL belongs to Glasgow. Enjoy it!

[Featured image courtesy of: http://okok1111111111.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/2014-commonwealth-games-in-glasgow.html%5D

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