A tale of two unis

Last weekend, my sister and her younger daughter were visiting, staying with my parents. It’s hard to find activities which everyone from 13 to 85 can join in with, but we scored an unexpected hit with…… universities! This wasn’t as dull as it sounded. I work for Strathclyde University Library at its Jordanhill Campus, which is a lovely parkland site in the West End of Glasgow. My Mum and Dad have never been there and, as the campus is closing in the summer, I wanted them to see where I worked before it disappeared. Jordanhill was originally a teacher education college (read about its origins in Wikipedia), starting in this building, the David Stow, in 1921:

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Subsequent building has not been as attractive! The Library is housed in the Henry Wood Building:

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Inside, the Library is more visually pleasing though:

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And the campus is lovely, here’s the sunken garden for example, outside the Crawfurd Building:

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This was such a success that we repeated the exercise the next day at Glasgow University where John is Head of the School of Engineering. It is very historic, dating from 1451, though has only been on its current site since the nineteenth century:

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We visited, amongst other things, the recently-refurbished Hunterian Museum…….

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…….and an engineering lab, also recently refurbished:

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Again, the campus as a whole is lovely with the historic cloisters…..

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……and views across the park to Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery:

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My niece seemed to enjoy herself (well she didn’t complain), especially standing at the microphone in a lecture theatre and giving us all a talk. She went away with bags of freebies: badges and bookmarks etc, including some for her big sister who had been left at home studying for her GCSEs. So there you are: how to entertain your teenage niece in one easy lesson. Take her to university!

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5 thoughts on “A tale of two unis

  1. Candia March 18, 2017 / 23:57

    Glesca Uny 1972-6 MA Hons, English Lang and Lit. Then M.Phil at same, except that I did my Cert.Ed in two days a week at Jordanhill, while being out on teaching practice during the other days. Loved every minute of my time at Gilmorehill and I adored Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, since being taken there by my grandfather at 4 yrs of age. 64 bus to Auchenshuggle dropped you at the door!
    Big disappointment last time I was up in Glasgow and went to see my favourite exhibit at the Museum- the diorama. Where is it? Have all those taxidermied animals rotted away?

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    • Anabel Marsh March 19, 2017 / 07:55

      This list is a blast from the past! Re Kelvingrove, they refurbished one of the galleries downstairs recently so it might be back, I’m no sure. I mainly go in for special exhibitions these days and haven’t looked at the core collection for a while.

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