Names wanted for £26.5 million new Scottish museum

The search is on to find the name for a new £26.5 million museum which is set to open in Perth.

The new museum will tell the story of Perth and Kinross from prehistory to the present day and how the place and its people shaped ancient and modern Scotland.

Located in City Hall, it will open in 2024, and explore the stories that put Perth and Kinross at the heart of Scotland’s history.

The new museum will house the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, an object of UK and Scottish importance used to crown Kings and Queens since the 9th century. It will be free to visit.

The final name will be announced in summer 2022.

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said: ‘This new museum will be a museum not only for the city, but for all the residents of Perth and Kinross, and we want their help in the search to find the right name. We want to hear what the public would like to call this iconic building.’

Perth and Kinross Council leader Murray Lyle added: ‘This is a great opportunity for the people of Perth and Kinross to get involved in creating a lasting legacy for Perth, Scotland and the UK.

Perth City Hall

‘This is a hugely exciting project, and I am sure we will receive some fantastic suggestions of possible names over the next few weeks.’

Work on the new museum is already well underway, with construction being overseen by BAM Construction.

For decades, the City Hall building has been an important cultural and political landmark in Perth. It has hosted everything from political conferences to rock concerts and wrestling matches. Margaret Thatcher and Arthur Scargill both delivered speeches in the City Hall, while bands such as The Who, Siouxie and the Banshees and Belle and Sebastian have also graced its stage.

Perth City Hall, which will be managed in partnership between Perth and Kinross Council and Culture Perth and Kinross, is supported by £10 million from the UK Government as part of the Tay Cities Region Deal – a £700 million regional investment programme jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments and regional partners.

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