Essential repair and preservation has now begun on the Provand’s Lordship building, a medieval historic house museum known as the oldest house in Glasgow.
Glasgow City Council has backed the work with £1m of Capital Funding. Works include repairs to the roof, chimneys and down pipes, treatment to stop and prevent rising damp, and a new lime harling render. The interior will benefit from structural improvements, and replaced windows and doors.
In order to carry out the external works, scaffolding will be erected around the building this week. The secure removal of artefacts from inside the museum began last week, and these items will be stored in Glasgow Museums Resource Centre until the venue reopens and they can be reinstalled.
Work is expected to take around one year and, following completion of the repairs, Glasgow Life – the charity that delivers cultural, sporting and learning activities on behalf of Glasgow City Council – plans to reopen Provand’s Lordship to the public in summer 2023.
Bailie Annette Christie, Chair of Glasgow Life and Convener for Culture, Sport and International Relations for Glasgow City Council, said the restoration work was “positive and welcome news for citizens and visitors to the city as, upon completion of the works, museum-goers can continue to visit this much-loved cultural facility, while the city also ensures a sustainable future for Glasgow’s invaluable heritage assets.”
Last month, Glasgow Life confirmed that operational arrangements were being put in place to reopen the adjacent St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, and this upcoming reopening will not be affected by the works to Provand’s Lordship.