Burrell Refurbishment boosted by more than £2m in donations
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Burrell Refurbishment boosted by more than £2m in donations

As work around the refurbishment and redisplay of the Burrell Collection begins in earnest, efforts to raise £15 million toward the estimated £66 million cost of the project have received a generous boost. The W M Mann Foundation in Glasgow has announced support of £100,000 toward the refurbishment.
Long-term supporters of Glasgow Museums, this is one of the Foundation’s largest donations towards a capital project in the city and is testament to the importance of the Burrell Renaissance project. The fundraising campaign has generated well over £2 million in the past 12 months, with more than 100 individual supporting the project to ensure its success.
Glasgow City Council has agreed to provide up to 50% of the project costs and approved funding of £27.3 million for the project at a meeting of its Executive Committee on 16 February. The Heritage Lottery Fund has pledged support of £15 million for the project and the UK Government committed £5 million to the project in November 2015.
Councillor Archie Graham OBE, the Chair of Glasgow Life and Depute Leader of Glasgow City Council said: “We’re thrilled that The W M Mann Foundation and indeed many other generous donors share in our desire to create an outstanding home for Sir William’s great legacy. At this early stage of the project, to receive so much support, is testament to the ambition and quality of our proposals for the Burrell Collection.  We are grateful to The W M Mann Foundation whose total value of donations towards a wide range of good causes is now just over £2.5 million.”
Bruce Mann from The W M Mann Foundation said: “We know how much people in Glasgow love visiting their museums. I regularly visited with my father and I now enjoy going with my own children.  Sir William’s generosity in leaving his collection to the city was great. The W M Mann Foundation is pleased to help ensure his gift can be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The Burrell Collection is regarded as a civic triumph. When it first opened in 1983, the museum presented a revolutionary model of an exceptional personal collection in a purpose-built gallery, set in a woodland park. Today however, the building is facing significant challenges which put the collection at risk - water ingress through the roof threatens the artefacts and access, both physical and intellectual, to the treasures is outdated and restrictive.
The Burrell Collection closed its doors to the public in October 2016 to allow for preparatory works and decant of the collection ahead of major construction works. When the museum re-opens in 2020, all three floors of the building, including the basement stores, will be accessible for the first time to allow much more of the Collection to be displayed and enjoyed by visitors.
Sir Angus Grossart, Chair of Burrell Renaissance, said: “We are encouraged by the support from The W M Mann Foundation and others who have committed so generously to the Burrell Collection. I hope this will be an example and encouragement to others to help us unlock the great, international potential of Sir William’s incredible legacy, so that it can take its place as one of the world’s finest, personal collections.”
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