The Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project
Glasgow School of Art
Friday 6 May 2011 10am – 5pm
In November 2010, work on the conservation and restoration of Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh Building and its related heritage collections was finally completed. The Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project had been a four year project made possible with a major Heritage Lottery Fund award of £4.6m, together with substantial matched funds from a variety of other public and private individuals and institutions.
The conservation aspect of the project provided for the restoration of much of the interior of the Mackintosh Building, removing inappropriate additions and bringing back many original features. It also allowed for the conservation of the School’s outstanding Archives and Collections and provided new and environmentally controlled storage for this material. The access part of the project allowed for the creation of a new DDA-compliant Mackintosh Furniture Gallery, new Archives and Collections Centre, new interpretation/exhibition space and an improved retail facility.
The Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project called upon a wide range of technical and conservation services from stonework and interior furnishings repairs, to treatment of plaster casts, furniture, textiles and paper, and the re-housing of the archive collections. This seminar examines the work of the individuals involved in the project and provides the perfect opportunity to view the building and its contents today, with the conservators themselves as your personal guides.
This all-day event is the result of collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art and ICON-Scotland Group.