Philanthropic developer ends Glasgow museum support

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Cash pledged by a developer to keep Glasgow’s museums and galleries open every day of the week has dried up after his company folded.

Adrian Pocock last year promised to donate £270,000 to keep seven cultural facilities open on Mondays - a philanthropic gesture which was widely reported in the media.

He was responding to Glasgow City Council plans to close the venues for one day a week as a cost cutting measure.

However just £80,000 of the money has been received, with liquidators appointed to wind up Pocock’s company Scotia Land.

The institutions due to close on Mondays were the Burrell Collection, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life & Art, the People’s Palace, the Museum of Transport, Provand’s Lordship, the Martyrs’ School, and the Scotland Street School Museum.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: “We’re disappointed that Mr Pocock failed to honour his commitment to the people of Glasgow.

“Initial installments were met until October 2006, but since then no further payments have been made. Glasgow’s museums remain open seven days per week and entrance is free.

“Any shortfall has been met within existing budgets.”

Pocock also outlined plans last year to bring the Queen Mary ship back to the Clyde from its current home in California.

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