Revamped Kelvin Hall – opening 22 August 2016
The iconic Kelvin Hall is all set to start a new phase in its life as Centre of Cultural Excellence providing collections’ storage, teaching and research, alongside a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club health and fitness centre – and it’s looking fabulous.
I popped in today to have a look and was given a guided tour of the building by Ewan, one of the Glasgow Life employees. The beautiful sweeping entry is very stylish and streamlined with a sense of space. There’s a long, long corridor off of which are the entrances to different sectors belonging to the various organisations within the building: Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland.
The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums
Included in the facilities will be storage space for internationally important collections from the Hunterian and Glasgow Museums. I was happy to learn that it won’t all be hidden away and the public will be able to observe some of the important work relating to the city’s heritage: ‘the only surviving complete suite of interiors by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Mrs Cranston’s Ingram Street tearooms … will undergo conservation works in public view.’
National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive
Both visitors to the city and Glaswegians are going to love the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, where they will have access to over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video. ‘Visitors will have access to over 60,000 film reels, videotapes and digital files as well as the National Library of Scotland’s other licensed digital collections.’
The University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow’s campus development plans include the Kelvin Hall in its plan to: create inspiring spaces and opportunities for world changing research, teaching and learning. It will include research and teaching labs, conservation studios, research and seminar rooms, a dedicated post-graduate study space and conference suite.
Academy for Cultural and Heritage Skills
There will also be a an Academy for Cultural and Heritage Skills – developing and offering in-service training, CPD and knowledge exchange to the museum and cultural heritage sectors, nationally and internationally.
The Glasgow Club at Kelvin Hall
The Glasgow Club at Kelvin Hall has fabulous facilities and aims to attract may people and improve fitness of Glasgow residents. The state of the art health and fitness centre has flexible space with eight courts in the multi-purpose sports hall, fitness suits gymnastics and martial arts courts and the largest fitness gym in the city.
There’s also a Cafe situated off the entrance foyer, which will be convenient for people passing by as well as those using the Kelvin Hall.
Pat Byrne, 5 August, 2016
- Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham at Cottiers
- Future Stories – Scottish Book Trust
- Online Quiz Night with Duglus T Stewart – Week 2
- The Glasgow Diet – Documentary on History of Food fundraiser
- New Life Gym, Maryhill, Glasgow
- The Social Isolation Film Festival curated by GFT
- ‘the lactic acid in the calves of your despair’ poetry collection by Ali Whitelock
- The Nae Pub Quiz Round 2 – Gigs in Scotland
- New Collection of Poems: Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson
- The Clearing: A memoir of art, family and mental health by Samantha Clark
- The Siren Awakes – memoir by Linda Jackson
- Blessed Assurance by Stewart Ennis
- Stevenson Jewellers Glasgow West End
- ‘Doors tae Naewye’ poetry by Christie Williamson
- Cottiers Pub Quiz – Cancelled until further notice
- Poor Wurld by Jim Ferguson – Book Launch Party Postponed
- Keeping Time novel by Thomas Legendre
- Much Left Unsaid by Finola Scott – poetry
- Freddy Anderson, Afternoon of Literature, Poetry and Song
- Women Writers: Maria Marchinadu, Tracy Patrick and Eloise Oui