Council deliberates on Dumbarton library and museum vision
May 2 2019
West Dunbartonshire Council is to consider plans to transform the oldest building in the town into a dedicated library, museum and community hub.
The B-listed Glencairn House at Strathleven Place is currently sitting vacant but could be transformed under a £4.6m programme of restoration – complete with a four-storey rear extension overlooking the River Leven.
Should the concept be given the nod it is intended to form level access off the High Street for the first time, including installation of an elevator serving three floors of study, display and recreational spaces.
One floor would be devoted to local history and include its own exhibition space with artefacts ranging from a Roman Medallion to Sir Jackie Stewart’s Dubonnet Trophy. This would, in turn, free up the present Dumbarton Library to serve as a public collections store and archive, enabling open access to many heritage collections for the first time.
Malcolm Bennie, strategic lead for communications, culture and communities, said: “Glencairn House presents a great opportunity for this council to create a new library for Dumbarton, with purpose-built, modern facilities that are more accessible for residents. It would also provide a permanent museum celebrating the history of this area which is something the community has previously supported.
“In addition, the proposal would protect the history and heritage of this area by giving a new purpose to the oldest building in West Dunbartonshire, and provide a new sustainable future for the existing library building.”
A decision will be taken on 15 May on whether to press ahead with a public consultation to gauge wider support for the vision.