Greenock’s McLean Museum and Art Gallery – and adjoining Watt Library and Watt Hall – will be promoted under The Watt Institution banner when the buildings re-open in 2019.
Inverclyde Council is promoting the use of the complex’s legal name to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of James Watt, one of the town’s greatest sons.
Council sources say individual parts of the buildings will still retain their previous names. So the Museum will still be the McLean Museum, although part of the Watt Institution.
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), a selection of Watt related material from the Watt Library 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.