New Museum District For Glasgow
The multi-million pound revamp of the iconic Kelvin Hall in the city's west end, will be completed in summer 2016 and opened to the public in September.
The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, with over 1.3 million objects in its collections will benefit from a move to a new state of the art facility at Kelvin Hall.
The Hunterian is considered to be one of the world's finest university museums. Its ambitious plans will not only allow greater access to collections but the creation of new research and teaching labs plus state of the art conservation studios, seminar rooms, dedicated postgraduate study space, a conference suite and library.
New postgraduate programmes will be developed at Kelvin Hall as well as a public programme offered by students and curators. In addition there will be an academy for cultural and heritage skills, offering training and continuing professional development to the museum and cultural heritage sectors both nationally and internationally.
There will be office space for Hunterian staff will have new office space within the development. Existing public galleries (Museums, Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House) will remain on the University campus in their current locations until the second phase.
The former sports facility, opposite the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, is being turned into a museum, research centre and store by the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland.
All the university's gallery spaces - museum, art gallery and the Mackintosh collection plus the Mackintosh House will move to Kelvin Hall by 2020.
Looks like we're set to have the best museum district outside of London in Glasgow's West End.
(Financial support for the Kelvin Hall development has come from the University of Glasgow, The Hunterian, Glasgow Life Museums and Sport, National Library Scotland, Scottish Government, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and Glasgow City Council.)
Pat Byrne – 18 February, 2016.