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Round in circles at Riverside

The week beginning Monday 21 September saw a first for SPT as schools’ workshops were launched at the Riverside museum of Transport.

Aimed at primaries 5 to 7, roughly ages 10 to 12, the ‘Round In Circles’ sessions chart the magnificent history of Glasgow’s Subway from 1896 to the present day.

SPT Chief Executive Gordon Maclennan said:

“The Subway’s heritage is quite incredible and we’ve been a key feature of the collection at Riverside, and the old transport museum, for decades.

“It’s fitting then that we’re included in the school’s programme and I’m sure that young people will find the Subway’s history fascinating, as well as informative.”

Given the Subway’s 117 years, the educational narrative of the sessions neatly delves into the Victorian and WWII collections at Riverside.

Riverside Learning and Access Curator Lyn Mooney said:

“The Subway workshops have been enjoyable to write as they’ve allowed us to bring in many different elements of our wider collection here at the museum.

“In doing so, we’ll be able to demonstrate to young people just how much the Subway has been at the heart of the city and not to mention, for how long.”

The educational experience starts at an SPT Subway station, where the school group is welcomed by a member of Subway staff. The staff member then chats to the young people about their role, what an average day involves and gives the group the chance to ask questions.

After a short ride on the Subway, the school group is taken over to the museum to begin the workshop. The dynamic sessions offer varied activities, meaning that everyone’s engaged from start to finish. From sitting on an original Subway carriage, trying their hand at turning the wheel for cable traction, to handling artefacts and wearing clothes from the Victorian and WWII eras, there’s a lot crammed into the two hour session. However, judging by the fantastic feedback so far, it’s a fun two hours!