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Article published 29/03/2022

After being closed for more than five years, The Burrell Collection, described as "one of the most remarkable assemblages of works of art ever brought together by one man" and "one of the greatest gifts ever made to any city in the world", reopens its doors to the public this week.

The collection of over 9000 works of art were given to the city of Glasgow by Sir William Burrell in 1944. Sir William added to the collection regularly until his death in 1958 and purchases continue to be supported by a trust he established.

Burrell Collection

As the museum re-opens, more gallery space will allow more important and unique works of art, which have not been seen for decades or have never been on display before, to go on show.

This ambitious refurbishment will allow visitors, for the first time, to explore all three floors in the building, set out as galleries, visible stores and special exhibition spaces. Enhanced catering facilities will encourage all park users to stop and take in this magnificent collection.

Burrell Collection

The fabric of the building has been improved with additional entrances to improve access. A dedicated learning and education centre will provide an unprecedented opportunity to understand the collection, alongside technology to better connect and interact with the works of art on display.

While the Burrell has been closed, the most comprehensive outreach programme ever undertaken by Glasgow Life Museums has established new links between thousands of people living near The Burrell and Pollok Country Park, to support and inform the development of the new displays.

Opening weekend

As part of the reopening, an exciting programme of events involving dozens of performers and artists will take place over the first weekend The Burrell Collection is open, adding to the magic of a visit to Pollock Country Park.  

The programme of free activity is supported by our EventScotland’s International Events Programme and among the activities visitors can enjoy are Glasgow Life Museums object handling sessions, music and dance for young children.

There will also be a number of 'have a go' sessions such as embroidery and embellishment, illustration, watercolour painting and printmaking. Beautiful and spectacular.

Visit their website for more information on The Burrell Collection and their events programme.

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