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UK Culture Secretary hails Art School’s resilience

A fire damaged the Mackintosh building of the Glasgow School of Art, but it was eventually saved by firefighters. Picture: TSPL

A fire damaged the Mackintosh building of the Glasgow School of Art, but it was eventually saved by firefighters. Picture: TSPL

THE UK Culture Secretary has hailed the resilience of Glasgow School of Art staff and students on a visit to the fire-damaged building.

Sajid Javid was in the city to see how UK Government funding will be used to help restore the renowned Charles Rennie Mackintosh building.

Chancellor George Osborne announced earlier this month that £5 million would be made available to go towards the cost of creating the school’s planned Graduate and Research Centre.

The funds are in addition to £5 million the Government pledged last month for the school’s Mackintosh Appeal, which aims to raise £20 million to help with repairs following the fire that badly damaged the building in May.

Mr Javid said: “The damage done by the fire to the magnificent Mackintosh Building is terrible but what really hits is the loss of students’ work and the many hours of creativity and dedication they poured into it.

“The resilience shown by the staff and students since the terrible fire is a real inspiration.

“I’m pleased the Government has been able to help secure the future of the Glasgow School of Art and I look forward to returning to see the Mackintosh Building when it has been restored to its former glory.”

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