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Kelvin Hall to officially reopen after £35m refurbishment

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will visit the historic Glasgow venue on Friday.

Kelvin Hall: Major refit was a collaboration between different agencies.
Kelvin Hall: Major refit was a collaboration between different agencies. Press Association

A historic Glasgow exhibition hall is due to be officially reopened by Scotland's First Minister following a £35m refurbishment.

Kelvin Hall has been transformed into one of the UK's biggest museums and research centres.

The major project was a collaboration between Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the Hunterian, the University of Glasgow and the National Library of Scotland.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will officially reopen the venue on Friday morning.

The "super gym" part of the building was opened earlier this year, boasting an eight-court sports hall, gymnastics hall and three dance studios.

The fitness suite is one of the largest of its kind anywhere in Scotland.

Other parts of the building will offer teaching and research rooms, and vast storage areas to contain around 1.5 million museum items, currently spread across nine separate sites.

It will also house the National Library of Scotland's moving image Archive and digital collections, while its history as a former international sports arena will be celebrated.

Kelvin Hall opened as an exhibition centre in the 1920s and was used for musical performances before becoming a sports arena and home to Glasgow's Museum of Transport.

Over the years it has hosted major sports events including the 1990 European Athletics Indoor Championships.

The redevelopment was funded by Glasgow City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Scottish Government, the University of Glasgow and Historic Scotland.

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