Please note: This position has now been filled and the recruitment process is closed.

A history of royalty and radicalism… a town built by thread, made world-famous by a pattern… home to artists and artisans, musicians and mill girls. Paisley has it all.

To galvanise its many assets and history, the historic Scottish town is set to undergo a massive £100m transformation – the legacy of Paisley’s UK City of Culture 2021 bid. At the heart of this will be the £42m redevelopment of Paisley Museum.

With the appointment of award-winning architects AL_A, Renfrewshire Council are set to place the Museum, and the town, on the world stage. And quite rightly so. The Museum site houses a wealth of treasures including the Coats Observatory, the world’s largest collection of Paisley Shawls, and collections which have international significance in telling the town’s industrial, social and natural history.

This incredible project has already raised much of the funds required – however, there is still work to be done. Renfrewshire Council is looking for a Capital Appeal Director to raise the remaining £5m.

Working across multiple stakeholder groups, this role will elevate the profile of the Paisley Museum Appeal and engage and enthuse an international audience, raising significant funds. Overseeing a small Capital Appeal team, the Director will write the £5m strategy and lead on cultivating and stewarding major gift prospects and supporters.

If you are looking to add a prestigious, high-profile capital appeal to your portfolio of work and have a passion for re-imagining our past to transform our future, please contact us today.


This is one of the most radical briefs I have read – it triggered in us a desire to tell the untold history of Paisley and search for a narrative thread that will drive the design. The project is bigger than the building itself and I am excited to re-imagine the relationship between the street and museum. This is not only about finding the way to best show the museum’s collection - it’s also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity.

Amanda Levete

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