Hunterian and the Kelvin Hall

Find out about the exciting plans for the Kelvin Hall and the involvement of the Hunterian collections: an update briefing has been organised for Monday 27 April in Room T1115 of the Adam Smith building, beginning at 1pm.  The event is expected to run for no more than two hours. The provisional programme is as follows:

  • Opening Comments & Agenda – Professor Karen LuryVisualisation of the completed Kelvin Hall refurbishment 2015
  • Demonstration of facilities and available spaces – Martin Munro of Estates and Buildings (Project Manager)
  • Presentations by the cultural & heritage partners for the project: The Hunterian, Glasgow Life, National Library of Scotland/ Scottish Screen Archive
  • Presentation on the proposed collections portal – Dr Ian Anderson of HATTII
  • Questions & Next Steps  – Professor Karen Lury


The organisers of the session say their hope is to inform relevant stakeholders about existing developments and also - crucially - to inspire colleagues to initiate projects that might further enhance or develop the curriculum on offer and other opportunities for research-based learning at the Kelvin Hall.


The University of Glasgow has entered a unique partnership with Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life and the National Library of Scotland which will see the transformation of one of the city’s landmark buildings, Kelvin Hall, into an exciting new centre of excellence for cultural heritage collections.

Funding from the partners and from the Heritage Lottery Fund has been secured for the first phase of redevelopment of Kelvin Hall. This phase, which will complete in the summer of 2016, will deliver the following:

Secure and publicly accessible storage for the study collections of The Hunterian, the University of Glasgow's internationally-important museum and art gallery, and of related collections from Glasgow’s Museums. Around 1.5million objects currently in storage at various sites around the city will be relocated to a central collections hub with state of the art facilities.

The Hunterian Collections Study and Research Centre, promoting innovative object-based research, teaching and learning for Higher education and wider educational audiences.

A new home for - and greatly improved access to - The National Library of Scotland’s Scottish Screen Archive (more than 100 years of Scottish history on film and video).

A new digital portal for all three partners, bringing the collections seamlessly together online.

A community learning base, where the public can explore and learn about the collections.

A Centre for Cultural and Heritage Skills - a national hub for in-service training, staff development and knowledge and creative exchange.

The Kelvin Hall will continue to house sports facilities, with plans for a state-of-the-art Glasgow Club included as part of the redevelopment.

The Hunterian’s ‘public’ galleries (Museum, Art Gallery and The Mackintosh House) will remain on the University campus.  Visit the Hunterian Kelvin Hall web pages.

First published: 20 April 2015

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