Watt research facility still in place before museum and library reopening.

Inverclyde’s temporary heritage hub on Cathcart Street is set to close on Friday 21 December.  The hub opened in the Summer of 2017 as a temporary research and historical centre while the James Watt Library and McLean Museum, were closed for refurbishment.

When the refurbished building opens it will be renamed The Watt Institution in honour of the Greenock-born inventor and mechanical engineer in the year of bicentennial of his death.

Staff will be working towards the reopening of the building in Summer 2019. To make sure that residents and visitors can still access the wealth of research material available through the former Watt Library, from the week beginning Monday 21 January 2019 a limited, temporary service will operate from Greenock Central Library allowing visitors to carry on their research. 

Watt Library
Watt Institution

Councillor Jim Clocherty, Convener of the 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. While staff work hard to make this happen it remains key that the research facility which is required by visitors is still available, so creating this temporary facility in the Greenock Central Library meets that need.”

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