EVEN Lady Alma thinks the Burrell Collection should be named Moo-seum of the Year…

The Highland cow, part of Pollok Country Park's famous herd, is throwing her weight behind the famous Glasgow attraction, which is in line for the world’s biggest museum prize.

Visitor Holly Walker, eight, from Giffnock, and livestock assistant Melissa Curran were on hand to help out at a recent photocall with Lady Alma and her calf.

The Burrell is on the shortlist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023, one of only five in the UK to make the cut.

Glasgow Times: Melissa Curran and Lady Alma the cowMelissa Curran and Lady Alma the cow (Image: Gordon Terris/Newsquest)

The Burrell Collection houses the 9000-object collection of Sir William and Lady Constance Burrell and includes one of the UK’s most significant holdings of Chinese art, medieval stained glass and tapestries, and paintings by artists including Rembrandt and Degas.

Managed by the charity Glasgow Life, it was officially reopened by King Charles in October 2022 following a major refurbishment.

Glasgow Times: Mary Beard at the BurrellMary Beard at the Burrell (Image: SNS)

Bailie Annette Christie, chairperson of Glasgow Life, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for Art Fund Museum of the Year 2023, the world’s largest museum prize.

“The opening of The Burrell Collection in 1983 was the first demonstration of Glasgow’s commitment to culture-led regeneration. The benefits associated with accessing culture are tangible and the deep joy it can bring is visible every day at the reimagined Burrell Collection.

“We received great support to develop new accessible displays for this impressive collection, created in partnership with the local community, all housed in a sustainable and stunning listed building.”

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The Burrell Collection welcomed more than 500,000 visitors in the year after its reopening and contributed an economic impact of £20m for Glasgow in its first six months.

The other four shortlisted museums are Leighton House (London); The MAC (Belfast); Natural History Museum (London); and Scapa Flow Museum (Orkney Islands).

The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the British Museum in London on July 12 and will receive £120,000.

The 2023 judging panel, chaired by Art Fund director Jenny Waldman, includes Mary Beard, historian and broadcaster, who visited the Burrell earlier this month.