About (the website)

The City of Glasgow owns one of the finest museum collections in the world, covering a broad spectrum of art, human history, natural history and transport and technology. The collection began in the 1850s and now includes over a million objects.

Object information on Collections Navigator is from Glasgow Museums' internal collections database used to manage our collections. This information has been digitized from the museum accession registers, the earliest of which dates from 1850. The original records were designed to assist management of the collections and support curatorial and research work, so you may find some of the text specialized in nature and terminology.

Glasgow Museums started digitizing the collection records in 1993 and we are continually working to improve and update the information recorded. It may not represent the best available knowledge about the objects, and there may be mistakes or omissions, but we're endeavouring to work on the records over the next few years. In many cases we may have more information in object files, and we'll be able to add this in the future.

Some objects or descriptions may include sensitive, offensive, discriminatory or outdated imagery or words. Some may be part of an original work and some may reflect previous museum practice. We are working to revise historic descriptions to eliminate now unacceptable language.

If you spot anything that needs to be changed or can provide more information to help us improve our records, please let us know by emailing museums@glasgowlife.org.uk.

Glasgow Museums is grateful for the ongoing assistance of interns, students and volunteers in helping us to enhance our records. The Collections Navigator has been made possible with generous funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.