PAISLEY CONFIRMED AS HOST OF ROYAL NATIONAL MÒD IN 2022
March 2018: Paisley will host the Royal National Mòd, the world’s largest celebration of Gaelic language and culture, in 2022. The event’s one previous visit to Paisley, in 2013, was the second-largest in its history, with 8,000 people over nine days, a £1.4m economic impact for the area, and a tremendous festival atmosphere around the town. Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 raised the town's profile as a key destination within Scotland. One of the ways Paisley will build on that is by growing the already-successful events and festivals programme over the next few years, and the return of the Mòd will be a key date within that.
PAISLEY MUSEUM RECEIVES £4M SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT FUNDING BOOST
February 2018: Plans to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination showcasing the town’s globally-signicant textile heritage and unique collections havebeen awarded £4m by the Scottish Government.The boost for the town comes just days after the launch of a new destination brand and website at paisley.is designed to sell Paisley and Renfrewshire as a great place to visit, live and invest. The revamped museum is expected to bring 125,000 visits a year and build on the town’s fast-growing reputation as a key destination within Scotland. The £42m project is central to a planned £100m-plus investment in Paisley town centre venues and infrastructure and part of a wider plan to transform the area’s future using Paisley’s cultural and heritage assets and build on the legacy of the town’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.
PAISLEY AWARDED £250,000 LOTTERY CASH TO HELP BUILD TOWN AS VISITOR DESTINATION
January 2018: The money follows a successful application by Renfrewshire Council and will be used to help local cultural and heritage groups work together to showcase the town’s unique story to potential visitors. Paisley’s project will bring local people and organisations together to build new partnerships and capacity within the local cultural and heritage sector to improve the visitor experience. The funding will also support the development of digital skills to promote Paisley and Renfrewshire’s cultural and heritage story to existing and new audiences. The project will start later this year and run until 2020, and a partnership of public sector, business, community and voluntary groups will be pulled together to run it.
PAISLEY OPENS NEW £3.7M MUSEUM STORE IN FIRST FOR UK HIGH STREET
December 2017:Paisley has unveiled a treasure trove of museum items, in a new £3.7m facility believed to be a first for a UK High Street. "Paisley: The Secret Collection" houses tens of thousands of items from Renfrewshire’s collections in a purpose-built publicly-accessible storage unit in a former retail property, aimed at bringing new footfall into the town centre. The collection includes some of Paisley’s world-famous textiles, plus a mix of ceramics, world cultures, social history, art and sculpture, natural history and local archives – with many of those items unseen by the general public in decades or longer. General public will only be able to view the store by appointment, with bookings being taken for public tours and research facilities. www.renfrewshireleisure.com/thesecretcollection
2021 CITY OF CULTURE BID UNSUCCESSFUL
December 2017: Despite Ladbrokes having Paisley as favourites at 5/4, Coventry won the title. The win would have seen the town benefit from an economic boost fuelled by greater tourism and increased confidence in local businesses. There would also have been a £3million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Scottish First Minster Nicola Sturgeon Tweeted "You did Scotland proud @Paisley2021 - thank you for being awesome!" Since the town officially declared its title ambitions in 2015, the town has seen a marked increase of over 34,000 visitors per year.
COATS MEMORIAL CHURCH PLANS
October 2017: A conversion, to cost £3 million, plans to convert the church into a state-of-the-art entertainment hub. The plan is to include blueprints, including a huge stage, basement bar and box office. The level of construction work required to stop the church from falling into disrepair is beyond the current tenants. A recent survey found a range of structural problems, including cracked walls, asbestos in service ducts, flooding from loose roof slates, crumbling stairs, blocked drainpipes, eroded stonework and plaster damage. The boiler must also be replaced at a cost up to £500,000.
PAISLEY MUSEUM EXPANSION
September 2017: The story of the globally-recognised paisley pattern is to be told in a world-class visitor destination in the town which gave it its name. With the help of players from The National Lottery, Paisley Museum is to be transformed. All four of its buildings will be redesigned to allow 100% more items to be displayed in engaging, modern surroundings while a new café and shop will add to the visitor experience. The revamped museum is forecast to attract 125,000 visits a year, almost four times current numbers, and create a £72million economic boost over 30 years.
PLANS UNVEILED FOR NEW THEATRE AND CINEMA COMPLEX
September 2017: Paisley Community Trust (PCT) wants a "cultural and creative quarter" called Baker Street Paisley to be built on the site behind Arnotts on Gauze Street. The proposals include a three to five screen cinema and a 500 seat theatre. The charity developed the initial designs with Glasgow architects Stallan-Brand and it now hopes to raise funding for the project. If the successful, the complex would be due for completion in 2021.
PAISLEY MURAL AT GILMOUR STREET STATION
PRIDE OF PAISLEY
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, began in 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