Scottish Snippets

28 April 2012

Number 626

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Royal Museum of Scotland

Edinburgh is fortunate to have many excellent museums and galleries, including the National Gallery of Scotland, the Royal Scottish Academy, the Museum of Childhood, the National Portrait Gallery, the Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art etc. But the most popular by far are the Museum of Scotland and the Royal Museum of Scotland. The Royal Museum was originally built near the end of the 19th century (but recently reopened after a major refurbishment) while the Museum of Scotland opened (next door to the Royal Museum) in 1998. The two buildings are now under the one title of "National Museums Scotland"

Following a visit to the modernised Royal Museum of Scotland building I've created an illustrated Web article on the latest upgrade. Included in that is a link to a Web-based slide show of a selection of 50 of the objects on display. There is also a link to the Web page of the Museum of Scotland building next door. This was written shortly after it opened and is in need of revision (which is currently top of my "to do" list!)

The Royal Museum article is at Places to Visit - Royal Museum of Scotland
The slide show of items on display there is at Places to Visit - Royal Museum of Scotland Slideshow
And the current article on the Museum of Scotland is at Places to Visit - Museum of Scotland

Clyde View, Renfrew

Clyde View Park in Renfrew is the first new park to be built in the West of Scotland for many years. It extends to 7 acres and features fountains, paths, cycleways, children's play areas, a tennis court, picnic areas, artwork and green space including an otter's holt and a riverside walkway. It has been designed to encourage natural wildlife, and flora and fauna.. A riverside walkway connects the huge Braehead retail park,and the Clyde View Park which has a number of sculptures with links to the history of the area. I've created a Web page with illustrations of what is on view with notes on the historical background to the sculptures on display. See: Places to Visit - Clyde View Park.

BBC in Scotland - The First Fifty Years

Here's a review of a book which covers the history of the first 50 years of BBC Scotland. There is plenty of material in the book which will interest the general reader - particularly those of a certain age who can remember when the McFlannels, a comic soap, was on the radio and when the youthful comic Stanley Baxter was making his mark. In the years before commercial competition, let alone the Internet, the mass of Scots were drawn together by what they saw or heard on the BBC. The book is available via Amazon in the UK, USA and Canada.. See the review at BBC in Scotland - The First Fifty Years.

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 19 May (a slightly longer gap than usual so I can spend some time with my family).

Yours aye


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