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Navigator Help

If you don't find what you're looking for here then please try our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Using the Navigator
Glasgow Museums’ Collections are defined by four very large and distinct categories which cover the entire collection. These are Art, Human History, Natural History and Transport and Technology.

Within each of these categories is a hierarchy of collections. These start from the general concepts above and move down, through several ’levels’, to specific themes. Each movement down the hierarchy makes the collection smaller and more specific.

When searching and using keywords most users have specific objects in mind - a particular painting, artefact or artist. However the Navigator is based upon 'groups' of objects which are arranged into subjects that have been defined by our curators. All of these subjects are represented by selected objects from that collection area. Currently a very small number of objects are represented on the Navigator - around 3,000 out of over 1 million! This number will increase with time however by arranging the Navigator into collection areas users can find the subject they are interested in and contact us for further information of they do not find the specific object they were looking for. If this object is on display we will tell you were you can see it and if it is in storage we can make arrangements for you to come and see it.

Making a booking at GMRC
Booking to see collections and objects can be done through the descriptions on the Collections Navigator. Simply click on the link (where it exists) for the Glasgow Museums Resource Centre location and you will be taken to the booking page with the collection/ object reference (see below).

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Research Contact details
Address: Glasgow Museums Resource Centre, 200 Woodhead Road, Glasgow G53 7NN
Telephone: 0141 276 9300
Email: [email protected]

Research Facility Opening hours
10:00am – 4:00pm (Tuesday – Thursday)
11:00am – 4:00pm (Friday)

Policy Documents
For further information on accessing collections please see our Terms and Conditions and the Code of Practice for using Glasgow Museums Research Materials (links open in a new window).

Freedom of Information
If you have a Freedom of Information enquiry, you should contact GlasgowLife:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0141 287 2999
You can also request information by filling out an online form (link opens in a new window)

Further details about the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act can be found on the GlasgowLife website (link opens in a new window) and the Office of Public Sector Information website (link opens in a new window)