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A New Era for the Kelvin Hall

Artist' Impression of New Kelvin Hall - Image from University of Glasgow

Glasgow's iconic Kelvin Hall, former sports arena and home to the Museum of Transport, is being transformed into one of the biggest museum and academic research centres in the UK at a cost of 35 million.

The revamped facility will also house a public sporting and museums facility, as well as providing access to the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive and digital collections.

Phase 1 of the redevelopment is due to be completed by the summer, and is expected to officially open in the Autumn.

The Hunterian Museum (graphic shows current interior) will house its new collection study and research facilities, with space for more than 1.5 million items, many of which have never been on public display and are currently stored in nine separate storage facilities around the city. Students will have full access to the Hunterian collection and all that it offers for research purposes.

Brittany Scarfe, a University of Glasgow postgraduate currently working as a catalogue assistant at the Hunterian, said the new research and study facilities will offer students a unique hands-on learning experience.

She said: "There are going to be libraries and archives and a conservation room so I think that is something students are very eager for." Professor Murray Pittock, Pro Vice-Principal of the University of Glasgow, said: "Kelvin Hall will help students wanting to study at the University of Glasgow to engage through the many objects housed at Kelvin Hall, it will enable postgraduate students to train using direct access to collections and the new digital portal, with more than 200,000 images which can be utilised for research purposes. It will be a world leading facility and is excellence available to all."

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June 2016

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