The Burrell Collection is an unusual compilation of medieval art works from around the world including medieval weapons and armour, stained glass, oak furniture, Islamic art, tapestries, artefacts from ancient China and Egypt as well as more recent artworks by Rodin, Degas and Cézanne. What makes The Burrell Collection extraordinary is that all 8000 items were assembled by a single person – Sir William Burrell (1861 – 1958). Sir William was a Glaswegian shipping magnate who built his vessels during economic recessions when labour and materials were cheap and then used them to supply goods when demand rose during boom periods. This approach provide him with the two things he most desired – significant wealth and the free time to spend it on establishing his magnificent art collection. At the age of 84 he donated his collection to the City of Glasgow on the condition that it be housed in a custom built museum at least 25 miles from the city to avoid the pollution he feared would damage his treasures.. No suitable place could be found and Sir William died before an improvement in the air quality and a the gift to the city of Pollock Park broadly allowed the terms of the will to be fulfilled and the museum to be built.
The Burrell Collection Museum was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1983
STRANGE BUT TRUE:
The stained glass representation of Princess Cecily dates back to 1485 and was once in Canterbury Cathedral – it is one of only three memorials to the daughter of king Edward IV. There is an English renaissance doorway on display that is 26ft high and weighs 26 tons.
Paintings by Cézanne, Degas and Whistler. Porcelain from the T’ang Dynasty The museum is home to one of the greatest collections of medieval stained glass in the world. In total there are more than 700 stained glass panels in the collection.
Please note that the musem has strict restrictions in place with regard to photography of the collection. Permission forms must be completed in advance even for purely personal photography.
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Rowardennan Road, Milarrochy Bay, Balmaha, Nr Drymen
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AL
+44 (0)1360 870 236
- Address: 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK, GL43 1AT
- GPS: 55.830825,-4.307425
- Phone: 0044 (0)141 287 2550
- Part of UK: Scotland
- Sat Nav Postcode: G43 1NE
- Entrance Fees: Free Entry
- Disabled Access: Very Good
- Visibility from Road: None