Funding for Kelvin Hall

09 Oct 2013

£4.5m of Heritage Lottery Funding will transform Glasgow's Kelvin Hall into a new health and fitness centre as well as providing a a new centre of cultural excellence

Glasgow's Kelvin Hall is set to become a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club health and fitness centre and an exciting new cultural centre  providing collections' storage, teaching and research. The redevelopment of this historic building is a unique partnership between Glasgow Life, Glasgow City Council, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland.

Safe, secure and publicly accessible museum storage will be created for the internationally-important Hunterian and Glasgow Museum's collections. Around 1.5million objects, currently stored in various locations around the city, will be relocated to the new facility. This includes the only surviving complete suite of interiors by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Mrs Cranston's Ingram Street tearooms which will undergo conservation works in public view. The National Library of Scotland's Scottish Screen Archive will also be partners in the project which will provide  a new home for the archive and improved access for the public to  more than 100 years of Scottish history on film and video.   A new digital portal for all three partners will bring the collections seamlessly together online.

A community learning base will be created where the public can explore and learn about the collections, while a Collections Study and Research Centre will promote object-based research and teaching. Using the strengths of the partner organisations, a Centre for Cultural and Heritage Skills will be created as a national hub for in-service training, staff development and knowledge and creative exchange. The Kelvin Hall will continue to house sports facilities, with plans for a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club included as part of the redevelopment.

Source: Glasgow Life