St Mungo’s Museum is unique: named after Glasgow’s patron saint, the museum explores the importance of religion in peoples’ lives across the world and across time. It is the UK’s only public museum dedicated to religious life and art, and one of very few interfaith museums globally.
St Mungo’s was setup in 1993 with support from the various faith communities in the city to “promote mutual understanding and respect between people of different faiths and none”. Over the years it has fulfilled this mission, working with people of all religion and belief backgrounds to promote good relations and to challenge discrimination and racism. Beloved by the people of Glasgow, St Mungo’s also has an outstanding international reputation and been used as a model for the creation of other museums of religion throughout the world.
The museum closed during the pandemic and with fears of it not reopening, Interfaith Glasgow shared a petition – one which gathered nearly 5000 signatures – and hosted an online event which featured international experts whose own projects were inspired by St Mungo’s.
Phillip Mendelsohn, Interfaith Glasgow’s Chairperson said: “Interfaith Glasgow is delighted that St. Mungo’s Museum is reopening, as it’s such an important resource to the faith communities of Glasgow and the wider community. As a city with many refugees and asylum seekers, sharing the story of the many faiths in the City is important in building community cohesion. The importance of St Mungo’s extends far beyond the City as it is one of the few museums of comparative religion in the world and is unique in the UK. We look forward to renewing our partnership working with the wonderful team at the museum and, especially, to being able to deliver our ever-popular ‘Faith to Faith’ events in person again.”
The team at Interfaith Glasgow are grateful to see the museum’s doors open once again! We thank everyone who signed and shared our petition; who joined us at Glasgow Against Closures marches; who attended Saving St Mungo’s online event; and who contacted their local councillors. All our efforts were worth it! We hope to see you in the museum soon!
Photo credit: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums collections.