City's oldest house to be restored to former glory in £1m project

Glasgow Life announced essential repair and preservation works will begin on the Provand’s Lordship building.

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Glasgow’s oldest house is due to be restored to its original glory as part of a £1m restoration project.

The Provand’s Lordship, a medieval museum situated at the top of Castle Street, will see repairs to its roof, chimneys and down pipes, with treatment to stop and prevent rising damp, and a new lime harling render will be used which will better preserve the fabric of the building.

Work, which is expected to take around one year, is expected to return the ancient building return it to an authentic 15th century appearance.

Following the completion of the repairs, which are being funded by Glasgow City Council, the museum will reopen to the public next summer.

Provand’s Lordship was built in 1471, and is one of only four surviving medieval buildings in Glasgow.

Artefacts from inside the museum will be safely removed and stored in Glasgow Museums Resource Centre until the venue reopens and they can be reinstalled.

Bailie Annette Christie, chair of Glasgow life and convener for culture, sport and international relations for Glasgow City Council, said: “We’re delighted to confirm repair and preservation works are set to begin in the Provand’s Lordship museum, one of Glasgow’s most important cultural and historical venues.

“The restoration is positive and welcome news for citizens and visitors to the city as, upon completion of the works, museum-goers can continue to visit this much-loved cultural facility, while the city also ensures a sustainable future for Glasgow’s invaluable heritage assets.”

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