Association of Open University Graduates

2005 AGM

A Weekend North of the Border | A Spring Weekend | A Snapshot of Glasgow

Spring Weekend - A personal report

As members gathered on Friday afternoon, for registration, it soon became clear that one of the reasons that Glasgow was such a popular choice was the renowned hospitality of the Scottish people. The other reason was the possibility of a trip to the Burrell Collection.

The possibility soon turned into reality, as an impromptu visit was organised for Saturday afternoon. The World-Class collection of Sir William Burrell's personal treasurer trove is housed in a new purpose-built gallery/museum. The total collection amounts to over 8,000 diverse objects d'art including a significant collection of Oriental art, 19th century French paintings and sculpture by Epstein and Rodin. The modern architectural gem is set into the landscape of a Country Park four miles south of the City Centre. Perhaps one of the surprises was to discover several rooms settings, so realistically presented, it was as though you had been transported back to the 17th century.

The dozen in the group felt the excursion was well worth the £1.50 train fare out into the Glaswegian suburbs. Many of the group made use of the excellent catering facilities, with views across the park.

Another element to the weekend was a pilgrimage to the famous Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street, featuring the design work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was Mackintosh that co-founded the "Glasgow Style", influenced by European Art Nouveau.

The last organised event of the weekend was a trip on the top deck of "The Pride of the Clyde". Those brave enough to enjoy the views also experienced the chill of the sea breeze coming up the Clyde. The Water bus went from the pier by Central Station and motored gently down river to Buchanan Galleries Shopping Mall. The Galleries, the new Scottish Conference Centre (the Armadillo building) and the Glasgow Science centre, plus the many dramatic riverside residential apartments clearly show the extent of the urban regeneration that has taken place. The docks may be empty but the riverside renaissance is well under way.

Alan Lascelles - Region 07