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Museum Appeal Raises More Than Double Money 2006-06-01

Posted by clype in Glasgow, Humanities.
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An appeal to fund the refurbishment of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum has raised 12.75 million GBP — more than double the initial target — it was announced yesterday.

Prominent millionaires, including Sir Tom Hunter and Sir Tom Farmer, have pooled their resources, together with thousands of members of the public, to ensure the elegant renovation of Glasgow’s most famous museum comes to fruition.

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, which reopens on 2006-07-11 and will feature among its exhibits a full-size ‘Spitfire’ plane strung from the ceiling, has recently undergone a 28 million GBP revamp.

The appeal, which was launched in 2002-03, had hoped to raise 5.5 million GBP, but yesterday The Chairman of the Appeal Lord Macfarlane, announced the target had been smashed.

One of the biggest donations was 5 million GBP from Sir Tom Hunter, the Glasgow businessman, who dedicated an education wing after his father, Campbell. The Scottish Executive provided 1 million GBP to allow the gallery’s blackened stonework to be restored.
The London-based ‘Wolfson Foundation’ provided money to create a 150-seat lecture theatre.

Other major donors included Lord & Lady Laidlaw, Sir Tom & Lady Farmer and Sir Arnold & Lady Clark. Among the businesses donating funds were ‘The Royal Bank of Scotland’, ‘The Hugh Fraser Foundation‘, ‘The Weir Group‘, Glasgow Airport owner ‘BAA‘ and overseas trusts ‘The International Music and Art Foundation‘ and ‘The JP Morgan Chase Foundation‘.

In total, the fund has received almost 4 700 donations over four years, with around 4 000 of them coming via a public appeal launched in 2005.

As a result of the extra money, the trust has been able to extend the refurbishment. The Chairman of the Appeal said:

‘All the additional work has been achieved within the original project timetable, which is a real tribute to the excellent management of the project.’

Glasgow City Council’s most expensive single project, it was undertaken to carry out much-needed work on the building and give the inside a new design and layout.

Designed in 1901 by architects John Simpson and EJ Milner, Kelvingrove opened in 1902.

Mr.Alan Horn, who co-ordinated the fundraising, said the extra 8 million GBP raised would allow museum bosses to carry out a wish-list of projects they expected would have to wait.

When the Kelvingrove reopens to the public next month, it will have six additional public galleries, a 35 per cent increase in public space over three floors and a 100 per cent increase in the number of objects on display.

It was also announced that Lord Macfarlane was to be bestowed with the freedom of the city of Glasgow for his successful chairmanship of the fundraising team and a lifetime of contributions to the city. Last night, The Chairman of the Appeal said he was overwhelmed by the accolade and added:

‘It was my good fortune to be born a Glaswegian.’

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