Paisley Museum redevelopment project receives funding boost

THE Paisley Museum redevelopment project is to receive £200,000 in capital funding from the Wolfson Foundation.
More than 80 grants were announced by the foundation with the Paisley Museum receiving the highest heritage grant outside of London.
Renfrewshire Council said that, once the £42 million redevelopment is complete, the museum is expected attract 125,000 visitors each year – providing an estimated £72 million economic boost to the area over the next 30 years.
Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, “We are delighted the Wolfson Foundation is investing in the future of Paisley Museum. The museum has been beloved by generations of Renfrewshire people and this significant sum brings us a step closer to radically transforming this prominent symbol of Paisley’s past into a central part of our town’s future. 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.”

Eric Grounds, capital appeal director of Paisley Reimagined, “Paisley Museum has remained at the heart of the community since being founded in 1871. This £42m project presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to ensure our world-class collections are safeguarded, and the museum continues to be a source of knowledge, enjoyment and pride for everyone living in or visiting Paisley. We look forward to connecting with others who recognise the national significance of this project and the positive outcomes it will bring to Paisley.”

Paul Ramsbottom, chief executive of Wolfson Foundation, “The Wolfson Foundation is committed to funding widely across Scotland and so we are delighted to be supporting Paisley Museum, especially at such a challenging time for cultural life generally. The scale of the ambition is extremely impressive – and the new Museum campus will tell a glorious mix of local and global stories, all based on superb collections.”