Tell us your museum, town hall and library memories…

Friday 7th September, 2018

Some of Paisley’s best-loved buildings are in line for multi-million-pound redevelopment work – and we want you to tell us why they are close to your heart.

Paisley Museum and Coats Observatory closed in September and will reopen in 2022 after a £42m transformation into an international-class destination based around the area’s unique heritage and collections.

Paisley Town Hall will close at the end of 2018 and reopen in 2021 after a £22m refurbishment to create a flagship entertainment venue and preserve its place at the heart of local life for generations to come.

And Paisley Central Library closed at the same time as the museum – a temporary library will open over the winter next to the Lagoon Leisure Centre while a new modern facility is built at the heart of the High Street, to open in 2021.

We know these buildings will mean so much to so many, and people will have their own stories to tell – whether it was the first time you met Buddy the Lion, or seeing St Mirren parade a trophy on the town hall balcony.

We’d love to hear them – so tell us below what your favourite museum, town hall or library memory is…and why you think the building matters. We will publish the best.

The projects will turn the insides of our beautiful 19th-century buildings into modern 21st-century facilities and are part of a wider £100m investment led by Renfrewshire Council to drive new footfall to the town centre and provide homes for the expanded programme of events and cultural activity the area is building.

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I have visited the Museum for many years ... it is full of unique and inspiring objects that not only give great pleasure but educate and nourish the soul.

Sam Ainsley
Former Head of MFA programme
The Glasgow School of Art

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