Through the Lens 3-Riverside Museum, Glasgow

The new Riverside Museum opened in Glasgow in June of this year. It is a transport museum housing an eclectic collection of different forms of transport over the years. There are sections on shipbuilding, railways, horses and carts, cars, motorbikes, flying machines, bicycles and even future modes of transportation.

What it reminded me of is how powerful Glasgow was as a city -it was a global port connected to every part of the globe with whom we traded. The city was successful and many wealthy merchants poured money back into the city seen in buildings such as the City Chambers, churches, parks and cemetaries. But I wander off the track…..

Riverside Museum has a fabulous location on the banks of the Clyde on the site of an old shipyard. It has been designed by globally renowned architect, Zaha Hadid. I think the building is rather beautiful with its roof rising with concrete fingers outstretched to a grey sky, the wave like roof structure and it’s position at the point where the River Kelvin joins the River Clyde.

Inside the displays are busily clustered together almost on top of each other. There are displays on walls, at crazy angles, hanging from the ceiling and balconies. There are stories of industries and people, of shipwrecks, lives being lost and saved and advice to prevent motorbike and car accidents.

And then, there is colour……..

But moving back to the river, there were little flurries of river buses transporting people up and down the river and it struck me how wonderful it is to see the river being used again after years when the city turned its back on our own ‘superhighway’ that provided the life blood for the city for centuries. And the most unexpected sight was that of a seaplane landing and taxiing up the river to where it berths.

But the photos that I enjoyed taking the most were reflections of the river and the city from the mirrored glass windows around the outside of the museum. They are wacky and somehow show the developments by the river more intimately and chaotically combined.

And so how does my view of my city change again as I pay attention to it? It has such a rich history that I often overlook when faced with the challenges of the present day. It has a capacity for resilience even after longish periods of stagnation.

And, this metaphor has a strong resonance for people whom I coach or those seeking new ways to perceive themselves in a world that has so much opportunity even if we don’t always see that.

If you were going to create or share an image of your future life-one that allows you to use your strengths every day- what would the image be?


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