The King visits the Burrell Collection in Glasgow

Published 13 October 2022

The King has officially reopened The Burrell Collection following its six-year long refurbishment.

Displayed in a purpose-built, A-Listed museum in the city’s Pollok Country Park, The Burrell Collection was officially opened to the public by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 21 October 1983.

During the visit, The King toured the Collection and had the opportunity to speak to Specialist Curators and staff about the history of the exhibits.

His Majesty also met staff, volunteers, trustees, stakeholders and supporters to learn more of the refurbishment project, before unveiling his first plaque as King.

The Burrell Collection closed to the public in 2016 for a five-year £68.25m refurbishment. Having reopened to the public in March 2022, the project has delivered new and improved displays and facilities which are an exemplar of sustainable low carbon design. Many of the Collection’s important and unique objects, which have not been seen for decades, or have never been on permanent display, are now on show thanks to a 35% increase in the museum’s gallery space.

An inclusive approach to interpretation, including dynamic digital, tactile and hands on displays give more visitors a better understanding of the outstanding works of artistic, historical and cultural significance within the collection and the people who made, used or owned them.

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