An ‘internationally significant’ museum has received support from the Scottish Government ahead of a major modernisation programme.
The Burrell Collection in Glasgow closed in October 2016 for a £66 million refurbishment of the A-listed building. The project – the Burrell Renaissance – is essential to ensuring the site can continue to house the 9,000-piece collection, enabling expanded display space while improving facilities and the visitor experience.
Announcing £5 million Scottish Government funding towards the cost of the project, Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said:
“The Burrell Collection is a world-class and internationally significant museum, with many rare and wonderful items. Not only that, but the building in Pollok Country Park is also a much-loved architectural gem.
“Currently only 20% of the collection is on public display at any one time and these substantial refurbishments will enable a much more significant part of the collection to be exhibited.
“I am pleased we can contribute £5 million towards ensuring that the building becomes a fitting 21stcentury home for the Burrell and I look forward to the museum reopening in 2020.”
Councillor David McDonald, Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:
“This is fantastic news and we are very grateful to the Scottish Government for what is a ringing endorsement of our ambitious plans for the refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection. Sir William’s great legacy has been described as the greatest gift a city has ever received and we have a duty to protect and promote the collection in the years ahead.
“Our plans will provide a world-class home for the 9,000 treasures, massively increasing access and enjoyment of the collection for generations to come.”
The Burrell Collection was gifted to the city of Glasgow in 1944 and is run by Glasgow Life, on behalf of Glasgow City Council.
The overhaul of the Burrell Collection building, to be completed by 2020, will allow a greater proportion of the collection to be accessible to the public, as well as a new café and retail space, improved parking and energy efficiency work.
Earlier this month it was announced that Heritage Lottery Fund would provide £15 million towards the refurbishment project.