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Article published 16/03/2022

New name for the national museum in Perth

People are being given the chance to become part of Perth’s history – and future – by naming the new £26.5 million national museum in City Hall.

Opening in 2024, the new museum will explore the stories that put Perth and Kinross at the heart of Scotland’s history.

The new museum will house the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, an object of UK and Scottish importance used to crown Kings and Queens since the ninth century. It will be free to visit.

The public are being asked to suggest their favourite name by picking up a leaflet at any Culture Perth and Kinross library or Perth Museum and Art Gallery, at Perth & Kinross Council buildings, as well as businesses throughout the fair city. Suggestions can also be submitted online via survey monkey.

Schools across Perth and Kinross are being invited to take part as well, with colouring sheets and word searches to help students understand the range of objects that will be available to see.

The final name will be announced in summer 2022.

Perth City Hall

This new museum will be a museum not only for the city, but for all the residents of Perth and Kinross, and we want their help in the search to find the right name. We want to hear what the public would like to call this iconic building.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross

This is a great opportunity for the people of Perth and Kinross to get involved in creating a lasting legacy for Perth, Scotland and the UK.

This is a hugely exciting project and I am sure we will receive some fantastic suggestions of possible names over the next few weeks.

Murray Lyle, Perth & Kinross Council Leader

The city hall building, has been an important cultural and political landmark in Perth for decades.

It has hosted everything from political conferences to rock concerts and wrestling matches. Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill both delivered speeches in the Concert Hall while bands such as The Who, Siouxie and the Banshees and Belle and Sebastian have also graced its stage.

Perth City Hall, which will be managed in partnership between Perth & Kinross Council and Culture Perth and Kinross, is supported by £10 million from the UK Government as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal - a £700 million regional investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments and regional partners.

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