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
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- Difference by Design Arts and Crafts Fair, Websters
- Santaland and Season’s Greetings Websters
- Julesbasar – Norwegian Christmas Fair Glasgow 2019
- Panto-Crime, Murder Mystery at Websters with Dinner & The Logans
- Nina Allan Speculative Fiction Writer – Creative Conversations
- After the Wedding, GFT
- Luce, GFT
- Havana Film Festival 2019
- Matchbox Cineclub Best of Final Girls Berlin 2019 CCA
- Then And Now & What Could Be: Housing Rights & Solidarity CCA
- Libre / To the Four Winds Alliance Francaise Glasgow
- Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool GFT
- Meeting Gorbachev GFT
- CineCard Preview: The Report GFT
- French Film Festival GFT 2019
- Sorry We Missed You, GFT
- Migrant Voice Feel at Home Short Films
- The Siren Awakes Book Launch – Linda Jackson review by Pat Byrne
- Publishing Scotland: Book Week Scotland 2019