King could be honoured in town
Plans for a £4.6million museum in Dumbarton could feature a special exhibit honouring Robert the Bruce thanks to the Lennox Herald’s Let The Bruce Rule the Rock campaign.
The ambitious project for Glencairn House will see the historic building transformed into a library and museum.
Councillors last year urged those planning the project to take note of our drive which called for more to be done in the area to celebrate the Scottish King.
The “fantastic” plans were discussed during the infrastructure, regeneration and economic development (IRED) committee meeting this time last year.
There are currently no exhibits dedicated to the world famous Scot in the area despite St Serf ’s Church in Levengrove Park being one of his three burial sites.
SNP council leader Jonathan McColl said it would be important to work with historical groups in the area to ensure the connection is celebrated.
At the time Councillor McColl said: “There is a local campaign highlighting the Robert the Bruce connection in this area and it would be really good if we could engage with groups such as Strathleven Artizans to see what we could do to make sure we can do this.
“We should be making sure we are connecting with these groups and getting their input.”
Labour councillor Martin Rooney agreed efforts should be made to include exhibits on Robert the Bruce.
He added: “The campaign in the Lennox Herald has highlighted the importance of Robert the Bruce and that there isn’t much done in the area other than the name Brucehill.
“There is so much history that could be shown in this building.”
Councllor Rooney also compared the project to the regeneration of the Church Street council building which was completed in 2018.
He said: “I think this is a fantastic idea.
“I know it is a lot of money but we have seen what investment in an old building can do for an area in the regeneration of the council building.”
The plans went out for public consultation, giving residents a say on the project – which is expected to bring an estimated 70,000 people to the High Street and increase spending in the town by £90,000.
The plans were given the green light later last year and will also see the existing library at Strathleven Place become a community collections store and archive where the public can explore rare and important objects from West Dunbartonshire’s museum collections for the first time.
Glencairn House, built in 1643, will be fully refurbished and a new fourstorey extension would be added to the rear with views over the River Leven and Dumbarton Castle.
The museum facilities will include an entire floor dedicated to local history and incorporating an exhibition space.
This would be further supported by displays of artefacts throughout all floors of the building.