New director appointed for Capital Appeal fundraising for Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum

Paisley Museum and Art Galleries. Photo by Thomas Nugent.

Renfrewshire council have appointed a Capital Appeal Director to raise money for the Paisley Museum renovations.

Eric Grounds will lead the £5-million fundraising for the building, which has become a popular tourism attraction in the town.

This comes after Paisley Museum closed for £42m renovations this autumn.

Mr Grounds said:

“I’m very excited to be leading the Capital Appeal for Paisley Museum.

“Paisley is a fantastic town and its people are its greatest asset.”

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The museum is set to reopen in 2022, and is expected to attract 125,000 visitors a year.

When the doors open again, the visitors will be able to “access to the world’s largest collection of Paisley shawls and pattern books,” Renfrewshire Council said.

Paisley pattern
Example of Paisley pattern. Photo by Karen Arnold

These transformations are part of a £100m investment to boost the cultural venues of Paisley.

It is part of the council’s efforts to establish the town as a must-see tourism destination in Scotland.

The new director added:

“This project will transform Paisley Museum into an international attraction that celebrates the town’s unique culture and heritage.”

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The museum project has already received funding from the council, the Scottish Government Capital Grant Regeneration Fund, and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Renfrewshire Council Leader, Iain Nicolson, said:

“Eric brings a wealth of experience in fundraising and tremendous enthusiasm and energy to the team, and with his leadership of our Capital Appeal Campaign we will deliver our vision for Paisley Museum.” 

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