Renfrew Museum, Renfrew, Scotland

Renfrew Museum, Renfrew Town Hall, Scotland

Opened January 2012

Renfrew Museum, Gallery Entrance

RFA won a Design and Build contract to provide exhibition displays for a new town museum housed in a new extension to Renfrew Town Hall as part of a £5.2m refurbishment programme. Visitors to the museum will be treated to a truly rich and interactive experience as the story of the town is presented from Medieval times until the present day, using objects, pictures, film and people’s own words. A dramatic, curved installation based on columns and banners utilises the height of the new space and guides visitors around five themed areas:

Renfrew Museum, Merlin Spitfire Engine

Air: Shows the importance of Renfrew Airport both locally and in aviation history. A real Merlin enginefrom a Spitfire fighter built at Hillington was used as the basis for a reconstruction A/V interactive.

Water: The town’s position on the River Clyde made Renfrew an important ship building centre producing ships which were exported all over the world.

Renfrew Museum, Exhibition Gallery

Earth: This section looks at life in Renfrew over the centuries. Renfrew is known as the Cradle of The Stewarts because of its important historic royal connections. High-security showcases were installed to protect local treasures in this area of the museum.

Fire: Focuses on the heavy industries in the area, such as boiler making at Babcocks, who were at one time the largest boiler making factory in the world.

A Special Exhibitions area hosts changing exhibitions utilising digital graphic panels, and community cases showcase a celebration of local life.

Visit the Renfrew Museum website to for more information, directions and opening times.