Local residents invited to vote for name of new Museums Collections Centre

01 December 2015

Residents and visitors to the Northfield area of Aberdeen are being invited to choose the name of the city's new Museums Collections Centre, which will be the main location for the City's collections of historical objects and artworks while not on public display.

The contract to build the £5.85m centre was won by the Robertson Group and work began on the Granitehill site in March (2015), and ahead of its completion local schoolchildren were asked to submit names for the new facility, which is due to open in 2016.

Northfield residents are being asked to pick a name from a shortlist of seven from names suggested by local schoolchildren. Voters have to choose one of the following names:

  • North Treasure Chamber
  • Centuries
  • Reflection Collection
  • Aberdeen Treasure Hub
  • Aberdeen Cultural Filling Station
  • Treasure Box
  • X Marks the Spot

Voting is now open and can be made at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Northfield Community Centre and Northfield Library up to and including Monday 14 December 2015. To vote online visit: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ACCMuseumCollectionsC

The state-of-the-art centre will also be a focal point for increasing opportunities for people to engage with arts and culture, and a venue in its own right for the community, city and wider region.

The centre will include space for community activities and there will be regular opportunities for the community to select and showcase items from the collection in the facility, and elsewhere within the local community. A volunteer programme will be developed on site, primarily aimed at the residents in the immediate area. Working with other agencies in the city, the staff will provide skills and develop confidence, through volunteering opportunities and associated training.

Leader of Aberdeen City Council Councillor Jenny Laing said: "This state-of-art centre will not only be home to the city's collections while they are not on display, it will be a real hub of creative engagement for local residents.

"By getting local schoolchildren and the rest of community involved in the naming of the collections centre we want them to have a real connection to the facility. This is more than a first-class facility - it is a significant investment in the people of Northfield so I would encourage local residents to take part in the naming process."

The Museums and Galleries team will provide greater public access to the collections through general and specialised open-store tours, handling and reminiscence sessions and in-depth research. A programme of school visits, activities and learning events is also being developed.

The creation of a Museums Collections Centre coincides with the 'Inspiring Art and Music' redevelopment project, which will see the £30million transformation of Aberdeen Art Gallery, Cowdray Hall and Remembrance Hall through significant investment in the fabric of the buildings, new exhibition and display galleries and improved facilities for visitors.

To learn more about the project, which is due to be completed in winter 2017, visit the project blog at www.inspiringartandmusic.tumblr.com