Published 03 December 2019

A new museum celebrating Clydebank’s history is set to be developed after Councillors agreed to invest £625k in the project.

The plans will see a modern and interactive museum space developed in the basement of Clydebank Central Library to explore the town’s rich industrial heritage as a global centre for sewing machine manufacturing and shipbuilding. Most importantly, the new museum space will enable the town to commemorate the devastating impact of the Clydebank Blitz on the town.

The proposals increase the available space for the display of the Council’s heritage collections and introduce opportunities for innovative and imaginative new displays. The development will also improved the overall accessibility of the venue and increase opportunities for citizens and visitors to access more objects from the Council’s heritage collections than ever before.

As part of the plans, the Room of Remembrance currently based in the Town Hall will be moved to a dedicated space within the library building. This move would ensure that the Room of Remembrance continues to be a prominent element of Clydebank’s commemoration of the Blitz, appropriately linked with new museum displays telling the story of the tragedy.

The new museum is anticipated to attract more visitors per year to see historic items such as Singer’s very first domestic sewing machine, invitations to the launch of RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth and RMS QE2.

Council officers will now apply for £50,000 of external funding to support the build costs, and £100,000 to support engagement activity with local audiences.