The new entrance of Paisley Museum has been installed as part of the ongoing £45million refurbishment of the site.

The 'red drum', which consists of specially designed red panes shipped from Germany, has been put in place by contractors Keir, as construction on the new west extension of the original Victorian museum takes shape.

Renfrewshire Provost Lorraine Cameron was joined on-site by Councillor Lisa-Marie Hughes, chair of OneRen, to mark the milestone moment.

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Provost Cameron told The Gazette: "Paisley Museum will be the crowning glory in a once-in-a-generation investment in Paisley’s cultural infrastructure that will breathe new life into the town. 

"I'm blown away by the sheer scale of the project and the incredible ambition of the team which will create a world-class museum with community at its heart.

"It is going to be quite stunning and somewhere which the people of Paisley, Renfrewshire and beyond will be rightly proud of."

Ms Hughes said: "To stand in the new entrance, where next year we will be welcoming excited visitors to our incredible new museum, is a really special moment.

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"Our expert museums team and our partners have worked on over 100 story displays, featuring more than 1,200 objects, more than double what was on display previously. 

"I can't wait to welcome visitors from Paisley, Scotland and beyond to see the results for themselves."

With eight new public spaces, the new Paisley Museum, which will be managed by OneRen, will be filled with more than 60 digital displays and will be home to a new garden gallery, public courtyard, café and picnic areas.

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The Thomas Coats Observatory – the oldest public observatory in Scotland – will be open and accessible to the public, its rich and vibrant history as both civic timekeeper and a truly remarkable, 150-year-old weather station, available to all.

While celebrating the area's significant industrial past and the town's importance, not least in textiles, weaving and exploring the origins and impacts of the famous Paisley pattern, the refurbished museum's gallery spaces will increase by more than a quarter, with ambitious architectural and engineering interventions to welcome visitors to stunning indoor and outdoor spaces.

The museum refurbishment is funded by Renfrewshire Council, the Scottish Government, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. 

The project is being further funded by a charitable fundraising campaign that has been supported by a number of trusts and foundations and corporate donors.