Events and activities with our Learning team

What's new?

Our Learning team have crafted a jam-packed programme of activities, from storytelling and crafting to workshops, Tai Chi and more.

Our creative sessions have been designed especially for early years, families and adults in a way which brings 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. Taking inspiration from objects within our Collection, you can immerse yourself in a storytelling session where the works of art take the lead role. 

There are also daily volunteer-led tours, and regular volunteer and staff talks, covering a wide range of topics relating to the Collection.

Find out What's On this month, or plan your visit with one of our family-friendly trails to keep little ones engaged below.

What's On

Find out what's on this week at The Burrell Collection

From free guided tours, Creative Masterclasses, Folk Sessions and more...we have an exciting new programme of events waiting to be explored.

What's On

Burrell Trails

Discover a new way to explore our collections with a family-friendly trail. Simply click on a trail to view, and bring along with you to complete during your visit.

Looking for something to do at home?

Have a go at these beautiful cross-stitch patterns inspired by our wonderful textile collections.

Inspired by you!

The Learning team is committed to giving you the chance to get involved with The Burrell Collection.

We've developed partnerships with many groups who have been involved in lots of different projects, helping to inform our new displays and activity programme. 

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.

Group looking at objects from a handling box

Southside Showcases

Our project team has also 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 of Burrell Project staff to select real objects from our collection. These groups wrote interpretations for the objects, and designed 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. Watch this space!

Children looking at handling boxes



Collection displays

Community Collaborations

In total, The Burrell Project team worked with 17 different groups on 13 displays for the museum, focusing on sharing diverse histories and involving audience groups who were previously 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.