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Paisley Museum, Scotland

The Reimagination Fund

Founded in 1871 by Coats, the Paisley Museum building and its collections highlight the historic industrial contribution of the town of Paisley, particularly to weaving and textiles (the famous Paisley pattern originates here). Paisley Museum is undergoing an ambitious, £45 million refurbishment as part of what is Scotland’s biggest cultural heritage project.

Mazumdar Shaw Philanthropy has made a significant gift to ensure that the full ambition of the project is realised. Slated to reopen in 2025, Paisley Museum’s new spaces will increase by more than a quarter. Innovative architectural and engineering interventions will welcome visitors to the stunning indoor and outdoor spaces of this community hub. In recognition of MSP co-founder John Shaw’s lifelong association with Coats, a prestigious gallery will be named after him.

We are creating a new, world class museum which celebrates the incredible history and life of Paisley and Renfrewshire, much of which was built on the wealth of big companies like Coats. John Shaw was a native of the West of Scotland and devoted his working life to Coats. It is befitting that someone who gave so much to a company founded and rooted in Paisley’s textile industry, be recognised in our new museum.

Kirsty Devine, Project Director, Paisley Museum Reimagined

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