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Dunfermline to see new museum and art gallery delivered in 2016

Fife Council has allocated £6.8 million to a project set to deliver a new museum and art gallery to the town of Dunfermline. Work is set to start in 2014, with completion due in 2016.

The project has been supported by donations from The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, and a grant of £2.8 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The new facility  will be located between two of the town’s existing Victorian buildings, the B-listed Dunfermline Carnegie Library, and a B-listed building which was formerly a bank.

Part of the project will see archaeological digs carried out in the area being used as car parks behind the two buildings.

The new museum will feature the social and industrial history of the area, and host  temporary exhibitions. The new space will allow artefacts which have been stored unseen for many years to be brought out and exhibited  for visitors to enjoy in the new setting.

Via Funding boost for new museum in Dunfermline

A competition was held to select the design of the new Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery, and this was won by Richard Murphy Architects, who provide the following summary on their web site:

The revised design maintains a top-lit street as its organising device and has a secondary entrance at the southern end for direct access to the graveyard and St Margaret’s Street.  There are three main new spaces.  At the lower level is a major new facility for the research and study of local history and its archive and also new library facilities for children.  The café has been relocated to a first floor position with terraces looking out onto the Abbey and graveyard and above this on the same level will  be the museum and the exhibition galleries.  The circulation system is an ‘architectural promenade’ culminating in these facilities but also continuing back into the main building and allowing access to two main existing spaces in the library, the Murrison Burns Room which becomes a meeting / function space and the adjacent reference library which will become an activity and lecture space.

The following rendering is by Richard Murphy Architects, and shows the new facility as seen from the adjacent garden area. This combines the use of stone and steel, said to reflect the industrial history of the area, the main theme of the museum’s displays:

Dunfermline museum render

Dunfermline museum render by Richard Murphy Architects

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February 23, 2013 - Posted by | council | , , , , ,

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