Greenock’s McLean Museum and Art Gallery – and adjoining Watt Library – will be renamed The Watt Institution when the buildings re-open in 2019.

The complex is currently closed for a £2 million refurbishment.

Inverclyde Council is making the change to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt, one of the town’s greatest sons.

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of the Council’s Education & Communities Committee said: “From the start of the year, the countdown is on for the reopening of The Watt Institution, an important occasion for Inverclyde, in the bicentenary year of James Watt’s death.”

Until the buildings re-open (expected to be in the summer of 2019), Watt archive material will be available from the Greenock Central Library. Council chiefs say a “limited, temporary service” helping with Watt research will be available from January 21, 2019. There had previously been a heritage hub in the town centre.

The full story is on the Inverclyde Council website.