Latest tranche of Burrell funding due as leaders discuss £27.3m package

Glasgow City Council looks set to approve £27.3 million in funding for the refurbishment of the city’s famous Burrell Collection.

The authority’s executive committee will meet on Thursday to discuss the latest plans for the southside attraction where they will be asked to approve the latest bout of funding to move ahead with building works.

The total estimated cost of the project is £66m, and it is hoped that the museum and gallery - containing the life’s work of collector Sir William Burrell, gifted to the city in 1944 - will be renovated by 2020.

That breaks down to £15m in Heritage Lottery Fund cash, £33m from GCC and £18m from fundraising, including money from the UK Government.

Councillor Archie Graham OBE, depute leader of the council and chair of Glasgow Life, said: “Sir William’s great legacy has been described as the greatest gift a city has ever received and we have a moral duty to ensure it is housed in the finest of buildings.

“The council and our partners are fully committed to unlocked the great potential of what is a world-class collection.”

The latest council funding is subject to successful round 2 approval from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The complete makeover of the attraction includes an upgrade for the building fabric, interior and roof, and should allow more of the 9,000 objects in the collection to go on display.

The new and improved Burrell Collection will showcase 90 per cent of the artefacts, compared to just 20 per cent displayed prior to refurbishment.

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