Events and activities with our Learning team

Primary school children handling Burrell objects during a school tour

When The Burrell reopens there will be lots on offer for you to join in and enjoy, including making and doing activities for children and families and craft workshops and talks for adults, plus lots more!

Creative sessions designed by The Burrell’s learning team for early years, families and adults will really bring the Collection to life.

You’ll be able to enjoy activities like art sessions to learn more about how pieces are made or create your own masterpiece. Or you could lose yourself in a storytelling session where the works of art take the lead role.  There will also be volunteer-led tours and volunteer and staff talks, covering a wide range of topics relating to the Collection.

The wonderful setting in Pollok Country Park will also be an important part of the activity programme, helping you escape from the hubbub of daily life. Activities will include gentle wellbeing sessions linking the Collection to the beautiful green space that surrounds the museum.

During the building closure, our learning team developed a series of activities and talks to give a flavour of what awaits when we reopen.

Check out The Burrell Collection Talks series and tips for health and wellbeing on Glasgow Museums Youtube channel

Downloadable cross stitch patterns

Have a go at these beautiful cross stitch patterns inspired by Burrell objects.

Get involved!

The learning team is committed to giving you a chance to really get involved in The Burrell Collection. Over the last three years, great partnerships have been made with many groups who have been involved in lots of different projects to develop the new displays and the activity programmes for reopening.

These partnerships have helped develop a range of resources and informed object selection and interpretation, including:

Handling boxes

Three local groups worked with the learning team to each create a handling box of museum objects. Each group made decisions about the design of their box and its name, the items to be included and how information would be shared about the objects.

The team really enjoyed working with the following groups to develop these boxes: Pollok Children’s Centre, Amina Muslim Women’s Resource Centre and Southside Housing Association.

The boxes will be an excellent resource, which the team will use in their community-based work across the city and in the museum for years to come.

Getting hands on with the handling boxes

In the coming months, the learning team will be out in about in the local community with the handling boxes, to share the hard work from the three groups and get people nearby excited about what they can expect when the Burrell Collection reopens. 

If you are a group situated within two miles of Pollok Country Park, the team may be able to bring the collection to you - watch this space for more information soon!

When The Burrell reopens the handling boxes will be used regularly in the museum as part of the public programme, so keep an eye out for the What’s on listings coming soon and on The Burrell social media.

Southside Showcases

The project team worked with three local groups to co-produce display cases at Pollok Civic Realm, the local community hub.

Shawlands Primary School’s Museum Committee, Pollok Craft Club and Pollokshaws Area Network’s needlework group, each worked with a team including staff from different parts of the project to select real Burrell objects, write interpretation and design each case to meet The Burrell’s high accessibility and display standards.  You can see the fruits of each group’s hard work in the Community Museum at Pollok Civic Realm.

A small selection of the objects chosen and the interpretation written by the groups will feature in a future exhibition at the museum.




Collection displays

Community Collaborations

The team worked with 17 different groups on 13 displays for the museum, focusing on sharing diverse histories and involving audience groups who previously were under-represented in The Burrell Collection’s visitor numbers.

The groups have shared their own insights and life experiences in relation to the objects and in turn, have learned a variety of new skills.  We can’t give too much away just now about what the displays will be, but some of the groups we worked with include: LifeLink, LGBT Health and Wellbeing, Interfaith Scotland, Glasgow Women’s Library and Wing Hong Chinese Elderly Centre.

Keep an eye on this page for more information about our work in the local community and ways that you can get involved too. The team can’t wait to share everyone’s hard work with you!

Group looking at objects from a handling box
Children looking at an Egyptian drawing
Children looking at handling boxes