This is about the refurbishment, the collection and upcoming events to celebrate the reopening.
I visited the Burrell Collection way back in 1987 as part of the UK Field Trip for my MBA Degree at the London Business School. We were visiting Glasgow as an example of a city which was busy reinventing itself and creating a new image for the future.
First impressions were stunning. Its location in a grassy glade surrounded by woodland within the Pollok Country Park – and the extent of the glass which revealed the collection to visitors before they even got inside were stunning. I was very impressed to see ancient glass and architectural elements embedded into the very contemporary building.
I remember looking at the collection from outside and then looking out at the trees from inside.
I also remember it was a very confusing museum to love around – something which is addressed by the refurbishment.
About the Burrell Collection
- one man’s collection of more than 9,000 objects spanning six millennia
- it includes
- an important collection of medieval art including exquisite stained glass and intricate tapestries, oak furniture, medieval weapons and armour,
- Islamic art,
- artefacts from ancient civilisations
- an impressive collection of Chinese pottery and porcelain produced over a 5,000-year period, making it one of the most significant collections of Chinese Art in Europe;
- Impressionist works by Degas and Cézanne,
- modern sculpture
The museum which houses The Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park opened in 1983 by HM The Queen. The building was constructed following a design competition and created a very striking and innovative design. Some of the stained glass is embedded into the design of the building
Unfortunately, the contemporary glazing leaked and the building also needed major refurbishment to comply with contemporary requirements for access and sustainability.
The redevelopment of The Burrell Collection has been an impressive undertaking that has delivered a spectacular home for this unique collection. The additional gallery space has vastly increased the areas for display, enabling visitors to see and appreciate much more of the Collection, reinterpreted through the most modern and sophisticated technology.
Key features of the five year refurbishment are as follows:
- a comprehensive consulation programme which engaged with more than 15,000 local people who gave their ideas, insights and opinions.
- the refurbishment has cost £68.25 million
- it’s an exemplar of sustainable low carbon design making it a green museum which has improved the environmental performance and sustainability of the building
- the museum has greatly expanded exhibition space – it has increased by 35%
- which will be more accessible to the public; and
- show more of the Collection to visitors – resulting in a total 225 displays which will be spread across 24 galleries.
This weekend (2nd-3rd April) the Museum is holding a number of events to mark the reopening