Panopticon

Help to Buy and Restore

Public fundraising campaign launched

to buy and restore Glasgow’s iconic Britannia Panopticon Music Hall

 

16 September 2019, Glasgow

 

In the presence of the Lord Provost of Glasgow, a new public fundraising campaign was announced by the Panopticon Trust, the building preservation trust behind new plans to buy and restore Glasgow’s iconic Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in the Trongate, Glasgow.

 

The Chair of the Panopticon Trust, Mhora Samuel, at a special reception announced the Trust’s plans to raise £40,000 to carry out its first phase of planning work.

 

At the event the Lord Provost of Glasgow, Councillor Eva Bolander, gave her support to the Panopticon Trust’s new campaign.

 

The Lord Provost said, “I want to really congratulate everyone who has been involved in reopening the Britannia Panopticon, and wish every success to the Panopticon Trust which has been set up to save this historical gem of an institution and building.”

 

Mhora announced the exciting news that they are a quarter of the way towards their first target and have already raised funds totalling nearly £11,000 from two grant making organisations, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Stafford Trust.

 

Their new appeal is asking the public to help them to raise £6,000 through individual donations.

 

She said, “We’re asking people to get behind our appeal to buy and restore Glasgow’s iconic Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. They can text the word PANOPTICON to the mobile number 70085 or make a donation online at our website www.panopticontrust.org. People can also make donations by cheque, payable to ‘Panopticon Building Preservation Trust’ and posted to our address, Unit 234 The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ.

 

“We are really excited by the support we’ve received so far from the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Stafford Trust and we’re appealing to the people of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond to help us too.”

 

Their fundraising reception took place at the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall on 16 September, the first day of Glasgow’s Doors Open Days Festival. 

 

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall opened in 1859 and is Scotland’s only surviving music hall. Stan Laurel made his stage debut there in 1907. It was one of Glasgow’s most popular venues and cinemas until it closed in 1938. 

 

The music hall auditorium is open to the public and a special programme of shows and events is run by the Friends of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall. However the building’s future is not secured and its balcony and upper floors need full repair and restoration before they can be brought back into use. 

 

The Panopticon Trust’s vision is to see the whole building in use as a community hub and venue for popular entertainment and variety in Glasgow. This includes bringing people in through a new front entrance on the Trongate and making all floors accessible to the public.

 

For more information contact, Mhora Samuel, Chair of the Panopticon Trust on info@panopticontrust.org Tel. 0141 378 5242. Unit 234 The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ. 

 

Panopticon Building Preservation Trust, known as the Panopticon Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation. Registration number SC048924.

Mhora Samuel (Chair of the Panopticon Trust) with the Lord Provost

 Stan Laurel made his stage debut there in 1907 

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