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Thursday, 31 January, 2002, 16:52 GMT
Museum wins 12m grant
Kelvingrove Museum
The Victorian building attracts one million people a year
A Glasgow museum has been awarded one of the biggest Heritage Lottery Fund grants in Scotland.

Kelvingrove Museum has won 12.7m to go towards the 25m cost of refurbishing the Victorian building.

Work will include completely rewiring the museum, refurbishing the basement storage area and suspending objects from the galleries' ceilings.

The project is expected to take several years to complete.

Glasgow City Council must now decide whether to close the whole museum or keep some sections open to the public while work is under way.

Kelvingrove attracts more than a million visitors annually.

The city council recently asked the Scottish Executive to help out with the running costs of its 13 museums, which together house the largest civic collection in the UK.

The price of maintaining the properties has reached 17m a year, which has to be picked up by the council.

See also:

24 Jan 01 | Scotland
Aid plea for Glasgow museums
26 Oct 00 | Scotland
Museums face funding 'crisis'
28 Jan 00 | Scotland
Galleries sitting pretty for grants
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