Kelvingrove Shuts! 2006-08-03Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Glasgow, Humanities.
The newly refurbished Kelvingrove Museum was forced to close because of heavy rain yesterday, barely three weeks after it re-opened to the public.
Scotland’s most popular museum shut its doors to the public after overnight torrential rain caused its drainage system to flood. A spokesman for Glasgow City said:
‘The external drainage system did not cope with floodwater from yesterday’s deluge of heavy rain.
‘The floodwater backed up into a plant room which houses the controlling electronics for the pumps that supply the water tanks at Kelvingrove.
‘The water supply, by design, cut out as part of the internal flood protection system for Kelvingrove.
‘As a consequence, there was no toilet provision available, nor any fresh water to supply the catering outlets.’
Though the problem was discovered before opening time, the public were admitted to the building while engineers tried to fix the water system.
After an hour, however, the decision was taken to close as it became clear that it would take until the early afternoon for repairs to be completed and allow water to flow back into the tanks at Kelvingrove.
- About 1 500 members of the public were in the building and were asked to leave.It was more than three hours before the museum could open again, at 14:15.
The City spokesman said that no parts of the gallery or the collections were affected by the water.
More than 400 000 people have visited Kelvingrove since it re-opened last month. It closed three years ago to undergo a 28 million GBP refurbishment, which saw the addition of six public galleries, a 35 per cent increase in public space over three floors and doubling of the number of objects on display.
- ‘Downpour closes revamped Kelvingrove museum‘ Craig Brown, The Scotsman 2006-08-03 01:03 BST
Previously On This Blog:
- Museum’s ‘Dark Secret’ 2006-07-17
- Kelvingrove Re-Opens 2006-07-12
- Dali’s “Christ of St.John of The Cross: Nuclear Mysticism” Returns Home 2006-06-03
- Museum Appeal Raises More Than Double Money 2006-06-01