£1m funding boost to help city Burrell Collection’s major revamp
SCOTTISH banker Sir Angus Grossart has gifted £1 million towards the restoration of the Burrell Collection.
Sir Angus, chairman of the Burrell Renaissance, said he hoped the donation would help place the art collection in the “international league”.
The refurbishment of the gallery will see the redisplay of some 9000 objects in Sir William Burrell’s collection.
Sir Angus said: “Sir William’s gift is an international flagship for Glasgow.
“Much has moved on since the initial priority of creating a home for the Collection.
“The Burrell Collection now needs a real renaissance which will place the true significance of Sir William’s legacy and Collection within the international league where it should be set.
“Sir William entrusted his life’s work to the city he called home.
“Mindful always of his wishes, we are seeking to secure much wider recognition of his vision and achievements.
“We still have £3m to raise and we hope more people will help us and support this great opportunity.”
More than 75 years of Sir William’s life were devoted to amassing one of the world’s greatest, single personal collections.
Following the revamp, for the first time the public will enjoy three floors dedicated to galleries, visible stores and special exhibitions.
More than 125 companies, trusts and foundations as well as individuals have pledged donations.
There has also been a £15m National Lottery grant to make the project a reality.
The cost of the project is estimated at £66 million with Glasgow City Council agreeing to fund up to 50 per cent of the overall project cost.
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Senior Preventative Conservator David Thomson at the Burrell Picture: CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection