ROBERT BURNS MANUSCRIPT ON DISPLAY
17th January - 19th February 2017: A rediscovered original Robert Burns manuscript is to go on display at Paisley Museum in 2017. The original manuscript, dating from 1785-86, will go on display at the museum in January to coincide with Burns Night and when light levels are low enough to protect the delicate ink. It is planned to have this piece of work on display every January.
MONTE CARLO RALLY START 2017
January 2017: Paisley has been confirmed as the sole UK start point for the 2017 car rally run to Monte Carlo. It will be the fourth time the town has hosted the departure, and will be the only British start point out of seven European cities for the 1300 mile trip to the South of France. Up to 100 cars are expected to leave the start ramp outside Paisley Abbey from 6pm on Wednesday January 25th in three separate categories.
ROYAL MOD BID 2021
Following its successful hosting of the Royal National Mòd in 2013, Paisley had lodged a bid to host the celebration of Gaelic culture in 2021. Royal National Mòd is Scotland’s premier festival celebrating Gaelic language and Gaelic music, dance, drama, arts and literature.
PRIDE OF PAISLEY
July 2016: During the summer of 2016, Paisley witnessed its first ever free, family friendly public art trail, Pride of Paisley, took to the streets. 25 creatively designed lion sculptures showcased Paisleys heritage trail infusing pride, colour, art and creativity into Paisley town centre.
METHODIST CENTRAL HALL: Paisley's historic Methodist Central Hall will receive a GBP250,000 make-over, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund. This will allow urgent repairs to be carried out on the building which opened in 1908. It has an auditorium on two levels, and can seat 750 people. There are other rooms within the building that are in use for various other church purposes. The new funding is part of a block of cash given to distinguished church buildings throughout Scotland.
GBP40,000 funding towards a Paisley shawl collection digitising project: The project will see the photography and digitisation of approximately 1,200 Paisley pattern shawls and 1,700 pages of pattern books to create a digital version of the collection, which visitors can explore via iPads. Digitisation of the shawl collection, deemed to be of national significance to Scotland, is set to begin in February, with the new digital resource to be launched in November 2016.
Improved access at Paisley Museum: A GBP40,000 programme of access improvements has now been completed at Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, a Grade A listed building opened in 1871. The building is now fully accessible to wheelchair users or those who have restricted mobility. Councillor James Harte said “We recognise the contribution that our heritage can make to our future and we are proud to have improved access for all to such an important part of that heritage.”
GRAND FOUNTAIN AT FOUNTAIN GARDENS: The Category A listed Grand Fountain has been fully restored and is now in full working order. The Fountain, which was bequeathed to the townspeople by the Coats Family in 1868, is one of the world’s finest examples of cast iron sculpture. Its unique design is a Victorian extravaganza that includes walruses, cherubs, dolphins, herons and crocodiles and which measures 8.5 metres in height, has the same circumference and weighs 42 tonnes. The water runs until sunset.
RESTORATION OF VICTORIAN GALLERY
FREE WEEKEND CAR PARKING