UK Partner Placement in Glasgow: First Impressions (Solomy Nabukalu, ITP 2018, Uganda)

Hello everyone,

My name is Nabukalu Solomy Nansubuga, Conservator, Kabale Regional Museum based in the southwestern part of Uganda.

The day was Monday 23 July 2018, and all the ITP 2018 participants were to leave London to their UK partner placement museums. My UK partner placement museum was Glasgow Museums with programme fellows Roshan Mishra from Nepal and Cherry Thinn from Myanmar (Burma). We were joined by Eirini Koutsouroupa, Senior Administrator, Ancient Egypt and Sudan Department at the BM.

At 9:00am, it was “Good bye for now London”. Rebecca Horton (ITP Coordinator) said good bye to the group and we had a safe drive to Euston Station, where we boarded a train that took four and half hours directly to Glasgow Central Station.

At Glasgow Central Station with Patricia

We were welcomed by Patricia Allan (Curator, World Cultures, Glasgow Museums) who accompanied us to our accommodation and gave an introduction to Glasgow Museums. We had a walk cheered by Patricia around the Glasgow streets. She showed affordable restaurants, supermarkets, different streets, The Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA), Glasgow City Council (City Chambers), the different murals, St Mungo Museum of Religous Life and Art,  the Church of Scotland including the graveyard and many others.

On Cathedral Street chatting (with the cathedral in the background)

Later in the evening at 18:30, we had the great opportunity to be joined by colleagues from Glasgow Museums for dinner. It was a wonderful and cheerful moment to meet Martin Bellamy (Researcher and Curatorial Manager),  Ralph Moffat (Curator, European Armour),  Helen Hughes (Conservation, Textiles) and Jane Rafter (Collections and Access Manager).


Having dinner with the Glasgow Museums team and Eirini at Café Source, St. Andrew’s in the square

I would like to thank the British Museum ITP: Bravo – you have made all the ITP participants live and have a luxurious lifestyle! On the ITP 2018 Facebook chat all fellows appreciated their UK partner placement museums.