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The Burrell Collection Database

Fig. 1. Hawker on Horseback, early 16th century, Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944, now in the Burrell Collection.
Fig. 1. Hawker on Horseback, early 16th century, Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944, now in the Burrell Collection.

Fig. 1. Hawker on Horseback, early 16th century, Gifted by Sir William and Lady Burrell to the City of Glasgow, 1944, now in the Burrell Collection.

The Burrell Collection is undergoing an ambitious refurbishment, which will upgrade the building into an energy efficient, modern museum. In addition to the existing galleries, two new floors of exhibition space will be created, and the museum’s stores will open to visitors for the first time. The redisplay of the Collection will provide a far richer interpretation of the artworks, greatly increasing access to the 9,000 objects within the Collection, and wonderfully there will be three major spaces devoted to glass.

Recently Glasgow Museums has recently launched a new Object Database: Collections Navigator, featuring new photographs of over 800 pieces of glass from William Burrell’s Collection, taken as part of the redevelopment.

Readers are invited to revisit the holdings and to support the redevelopment by sharing any new thoughts on the material. The database is a work in progress, with the records reflecting the state of knowledge of the 1960s publications, and staff are endeavouring to transfer all of the information from the museum’s paper documentation to it in advance of the reopening in 2020.

To use the database:

Step 1:

Go to: http://collections.glasgowmuseums.com/mwebcgi/mweb?request=advform

Or search: “Glasgow Museums Collections Navigator”, and select “Advanced Search”

Step 2:

Select “Burrell Collection: Stained Glass” from the drop-down menu “Named Collection”

Step 3:

Hit “Search” – this will return 802 records.

To get in touch:

rachel.king@glasgowlife.org.uk