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Kelvin Hall museums plan on track for £5 million lottery award

Kelvin Hall transport museum

Kelvin Hall transport exhibits

I have to be honest, and say that I felt double-crossed by Glasgow City Council many years ago, after hearing the announcement that the original Museum of Transport (established in a former tram depot in Albert Drive in 1964) would move to the Kelvin Hall in 1987.

Not being a sporty type, I thought it was some sort of joke as I watched the Kelvin Hall became a massive sports arena. All the shows I used to go and see there came to an abrupt end, and the Museum of Transport was relegated to what was, in my opinion, little more than a corner at the back of the vast building.

Many years later, now that the Museum of Transport has moved to Riverside, it looks as if things might be coming good for the Kelvin Hall, as the sports are ejected and it returns to its proper duties, as intended before it was hijacked.

The building we see today dates from 1927, but this was preceded by another building on the same site, the Industrial Hall – a temporary wooden structure built for the for the Glasgow International Exhibition of 1901, which was held in Kelvingrove Park. The original hall burnt down in 1925, and was replaced by the new Kelvin Hall of 1927, designed to house large-scale exhibitions.

A scheme to turn Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall into a cultural, research and training centre has been given initial approval for almost £5m of lottery funds.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a first round pass for the plan to create a safe home for Glasgow’s city and university museum collections.

The city council said it would provide access to the city’s cultural legacy.

The Kelvin Hall scheme would house a combined 1.5 million treasures from Glasgow’s civic collection and from The University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

The hall’s international athletics track is also due to close with the opening of the Commonwealth Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The Glasgow Club leisure facilities would remain at the site.

via BBC News – Kelvin Hall museums plan on track for £5m lottery funds.


January 27, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian, council | , , , , ,

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