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Burrell Collection to Get Major Revamp

Entrance to Burrell Collection Building

One of Glasgow's top museums is preparing to close its doors for four years as a major refurbishment begins.

The Burrell Collection will shut on Sunday evening and will reopen in 2020 after the £60 million redevelopment is complete.

Sir William Burrell, a wealthy Glaswegian shipping magnate and art collector gathered the collection over many years and then gave it to the city of Glasgow Corporation in 1944.

The Burrell Collection, in the heart of Pollok Country Park, opened to the public in 1983.

Currently, only a fifth of the collection, donated to the city shipping magnate Sir William Burrell in 1944, is currently on display as many items have had to be removed to protect them from damage.

Under the modernisation plans, a new roof and high performance glazing will make the museum more energy-efficient. Two new floors of exhibition space will be created so that 90% of the 8,000 objects can be viewed by the public. Currently, larger pieces such as Romanesque doorways are built into the structure, at the same time giving views out into the park over formal grassed areas to the south, and into adjacent woodland to the north. The display area of Oriental objects is particularly well set beside the woodlands outside the windows and such features will be perpetuated,

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November 2016

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