Event Communications set to work on £66m Burrell Collection overhaul

The consultancy is set to be appointed to the Glasgow museum project after seeing off 56 other applications in a public tender process.

The Burrell Collection Building, image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra
The Burrell Collection Building, image by Jean-Pierre Dalbéra

Event Communications is to be appointed to work on exhibition design for the refurbishment of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow.

The Burrell Collection houses more than 9,000 historic objects and is being overhauled in a project valued at £60m-£66m.

The work will see the gallery aim to display more of its collection, with the basement stores set to be remodelled and a new learning centre, improved facilities and new landscape design set to be installed.

Just 20% on display

At the moment just 20% of the museum’s exhibits are on display, but the remodelled basement would host 90% of its collection.

Event is set to be appointed by Glasgow City Council alongside architect John McAslan + Partners and engineer Gardiner & Theobald.

The appointment is set to be considered on 3 March by the council’s executive team.

57 applications

Event has been recommended following a public tender which saw 57 applications.

Work on the gallery’s remodelling is set to start in October.

The Burrell Collection was put together by shipping magnate and art collector Sir William Burrell. He donated the collection to the city of Glasgow in 1944.


Among the objects contained in the collection are medieval stained glass and tapestries, Chinese antiques and one of the largest assemblies of medieval stained glass in the world.

Since 1983 the collection has been housed in a purpose-built museum in Pollok Country Park, south Glasgow.

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