Paisley Museum receives £200,000 as part of major funding pledge

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A SCOTTISH museum has received £200,000 in order to transform it into a “world-class cultural destination.”

Paisley Museum has received the large sum of capital funding from the Hugh Fraser Foundation.

The £42million redevelopment of the museum is part of Paisley’s regeneration plan, and the redesign of the campus will allow the number of objects on display to be increased by 100%.

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AL_A Paisley Museum – External design extension and garden.

When Paisley Museum reopens it is expected to attract 125,000 visits each year and provide a £79million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.

Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, Chair of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, said: “Investing in our venues is key to our recovery from the pandemic, as it will create jobs, support new and existing businesses in the area, and drive new footfall to our town centre.

“We are delighted the Hugh Fraser Foundation has pledged its support towards the redevelopment of Paisley Museum.

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Interior design of the museum after works complete

“The museum has been beloved by generations of Renfrewshire people and this brings us a step closer to realising our ambitions of radically transforming this prominent symbol of Paisley’s past for future generations.”

The Hugh Fraser Foundation, which is based in Glasgow, has for over 50 years supported a broad range of charities throughout Scotland. 

Dr Kenneth Chrystie, a Trustee of The Hugh Fraser Foundation said: “We are very aware of the sterling efforts being made to transform and enhance the art and cultural attractions of Paisley.

In this context, the Museum’s initiative is hugely significant and when completed it will ensure the Museum’s rightful place as a centre of excellence and a national treasure and attraction for many years to come. The Foundation was delighted to be able to offer support.”