The Riverside Museum Appeal is entering the final year of its fundraising effort by stepping up the campaign for people to get involved. The public phase of the appeal was launched just over a week ago as the Museum of Transport closed for the final time. Nearly £100,000 has already been raised from members of the public making donations in support of the Riverside Museum.
Every individual donation will be permanently commemorated at the new museum which is scheduled to open in 2011. The appeal was launched in August 2007 and has already raised over £3.2million pounds towards a target of £5million. It has already received the backing from organisations such as First Group, BAE Systems, Diageo and Bank of Scotland. Details of how to make a donation to the appeal can be found at the Riverside Museum Appeal
The innovative and inspiring Riverside Museum has been taking shape in recent years on the banks of the Clyde and Kelvin as anticipation builds for what will be an outstanding addition to Glasgow’s architecture and cultural heritage. The Riverside Museum has been designed by the internationally renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Support for the £74 million project has come from Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Glasgow Harbour.
Lord Smith of Kelvin, Chairman of the Riverside Museum Appeal said:
“The closure of the Museum of Transport on April 18 attracted more than 10,000 people who came to see that much loved attraction for the final time. The public phase of the Riverside Museum Appeal is the chance for everyone to make a contribution to the new museum and become a part of its success.”
Glasgow’s first Museum of Transport opened in 1964 with just a handful of exhibits. It moved to the Kelvin Hall in 1988 where visitor numbers more than doubled to over 400,000 a year. The £74million Zaha Hadid designed Riverside Museum is due to open in the early summer of 2011 with around 3,000 items on display.
Notes to Editors
On the 18th April the Riverside Museum Appeal launched its push for donations from the general public. To date the appeal has raised £3.2m of a total £5 million. Every donation made will be permanently recognised within the new Riverside Museum. Donations can be made on-line or by phoning the Development Team on 0141 276 9515.
About the Riverside Museum Appeal
The Riverside Museum Appeal (RMA) is a charitable trust established to raise £5 million in sponsorship and donations from companies, trusts and individuals for the development of the new Riverside Museum.
The Riverside Museum Appeal is the second major capital appeal undertaken with Glasgow Museums. It follows the hugely successful refurbishment of Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
The £5 million fundraising target is a fundamental element of the partnership-funding package. It represents the private and voluntary sector’s contribution towards this exciting and innovative project.
Of the £74million needed for the development of the Riverside Museum, Glasgow City Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund have committed £69million.
The Riverside Museum Appeal Trust is recognised as a Scottish Charity SC 033286.
For more information go to http://www.riversideappeal.org
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. To date it has invested over £500million in Scotland’s heritage.