Travelling exhibition tells tourists' tales

Announcing a major travelling exhibition from the National Library of Scotland

The holiday tales of ordinary folk form the basis of the National Library of Scotland's travelling exhibition which comes to Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum in Braehead for the month of October.

'Wish you were here!: Travellers' tales from Scotland 1704-1937' records the impressions of visitors to Scotland over the past half-millennium and offers an insight into Scottish life as others see us.

Eyewitness accounts are at the heart of the exhibition. They include reminiscences from Englishwoman Elsie Jollyman about her solo caravan tour of Scotland in 1909. John Taylor's tours in the Thirties on his trusty 'steed' — one of the first motorcycles ever built — are also featured. These are complemented by over 100 exhibits including posters, books, diaries, journals, photographs, postcards and other documents of the time. Together, these paint a vivid picture of the country, its people and of ways now forgotten.

Olive Geddes, Senior Curator, Manuscript Collections, National Library of Scotland, says: 'This exhibition chronicles the impressions of visitors to Scotland over nearly 500 years. It offers a unique insight into the changing nature of our country and we hope that it gives a fresh perspective to the familiar. It may even inspire you to take a holiday at home.'

'Wish you were here!' traces the growth of tourism from its humble beginnings to being an integral part of the Scottish economy through the themes of transport (rail, water and road), accommodation ('wretched' inns to luxurious 'hydros'), caravan holidays, women travellers, and amateur photography.

David Mann, Marketing Manager, Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum, says: 'It is a pleasure to host this delightful exhibition, especially as it features trips "doon the watter", which is part of the Clydebuilt story. Travel and tourism play a major part in the restoration of the Clyde, and hopefully in the future as many visitors will take trips on the river as they did in past.'

'Wish you were here!' is at Clydebuilt Scottish Maritime Museum, Kings Inch Road, Braehead, Glasgow G51 4BN, for the month of October. Opening hours: Monday-Thursday 10.00am-5.30pm; Friday closed, unless local or school holiday 10.00am-5.30pm; Saturday 10.00am-5.30pm; Sunday 11.00am-5.30pm. Admission: Adult £3.50; Concession £1.75; Family £8.00; special rates are available on request for groups and school parties.

22 September 2004

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