Dunfermline Museum & Art Gallery artist's impression - view from gardens

News roundup

Alexandra Genova, 07.01.2015
Dunfermline revamp - Cuming Museum to be rebuilt - Plans for Black Museum - NMS hit by strikes - Wilfred Owen's home listed
Revamp of Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery underway

Work has started on the £12.4m redevelopment of Dunfermline Museum and Art Gallery. The purpose-built museum and art gallery, located in Dunfermline’s heritage quarter, has two floors with three exhibition galleries and will be integrated with surrounding listed buildings such as the Dunfermline Carnegie Library. Funders for the project include the Heritage Lottery Fund (£2.8m) and Fife Council (£8.25m) and The Carnegie Dunfermline Trust (£1m).

Scheme unveiled to rebuild fire-hit home of the Cuming Museum

Southwark Council has announced plans to redevelop south London’s Walworth Town Hall, which was devastated by a fire two years ago that forced the Cuming Museum to close and the library to relocate.The proposals for a new civic centre include a space for the display of the Cuming collection and Southwark museum and a library. Southwark is now in the early stages of planning and is asking residents to give their thoughts on designs by three architects. The winning design will be decided in February.

Plan to show items from Met Police at Museum of London

The Museum of London is in talks about displaying artefacts from the Metropolitan Police Service collection. Known as the Black Museum and located at the Met’s Victoria Street Scotland Yard headquarters, the collection is not usually open to the public.

“The history of policing in London is a fascinating topic with interest from across the globe and the Metropolitan Police holds a unique collection which tells this story," said Sharon Ament, the director of the Museum of London. “We are currently talking to the Mayor's Office for Policing And Crime and the Metropolitan Police about how we might display some objects from this collection at the Museum of London in the future.”

National Museum of Scotland hit by strike

Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland was closed on Boxing Day due to industrial action. This was part of an ongoing dispute over pay and industrial action may continue as the museum and the Public and Commercial Services Union have failed to reach an agreement. The concerns are specifically over changes to “weekend allowance” wages.

Wilfred Owen’s home given Grade II-listed status

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has given war poet Wilfred Owen’s home Grade II-listed status as part of the first world war centenary commemorations. The semi-detached suburban house in Shrewsbury remains largely unchanged since Owen last stayed there in 1918. Owen’s birthplace, Plas Wilmot in Oswestry, was listed in 2012.


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