Riverside Museum taxis towards 2011 opening

07 Jan 2011

With the opening of the Riverside Museum on track for late spring this year, Glasgow Taxis have contributed to the fundraising effort.

The Riverside Museum Appeal began the year by celebrating a £5000 donation from Glasgow Taxis. The Museum build work is now complete and the inside fit out work is continuing. The Museum is on schedule to open in late spring.

The donation marks a significant step towards the Riverside Museum Appeal's final £5million target. The donation from Glasgow Taxis Ltd, which owns about 70% of the city's black cab fleet, secures the organisation's position as a benefactor, and will see the taxi group permanently recognised in Glasgow's new museum of transport.  The Appeal has already raised over £4million to complete the funding for the project.

Councillor Archie Graham, who is deputy chairman of the Riverside Museum Appeal, met with Danny Ryan of Glasgow Taxis at the new museum to personally accept the donation.

"Glasgow Taxis' donation is a significant step towards our final £5million target and hopefully it will encourage members of the public and other organisations to dig deep and show their support of the Riverside Museum as we enter the final few months of this momentous project."  

As well as the donation, Glasgow taxi drivers have been helping Riverside curators with some of the displays. When it opens in late spring, the new museum will feature two taxis: the iconic Beardmore Hyper Mark III taxicab, built in 1932; and the 1980s Metrocab, the first taxi in Scotland designed to carry people in wheelchairs.

The Riverside Museum Appeal is the second major capital appeal undertaken with Glasgow Museums. It follows the hugely successful refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

The £5million fundraising target is a fundamental element of the partnership-funding package. It represents the private and voluntary sector's contribution towards this exciting and innovative project.

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