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Cash boost for plans to rebuild Mackintosh’s tea room at V&A Dundee

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A major funding boost has been announced for the project to rebuild a tea room interior designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the V&A Dundee

The Art Fund charity has pledged £200,000 to the Oak Room restoration initiative while the Scottish Government has promised £100,000.

The £1.3 million project has previously benefited from £400,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a number of individual gifts.

Oak Room was designed by Mackintosh in 1907 for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms in Glasgow. The 13.5m-long, double-height room was used as a tearoom until the 1950s and informed the architect’s design for the Glasgow School of Art Library.

Kengo Kuma’s V&A Dundee is due to open on Saturday 15 September. The museum is working with Dundee City Council and Glasgow Museums to display the room, which was rescued from destruction in 1971.

V&A Dundee director Philip Long said: ‘The project to conserve and restore an entire interior by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, unseen for nearly 50 years, has been one of the most exciting parts of creating V&A Dundee.

‘As a designer, architect and artist, Mackintosh is of worldwide significance. He has been an inspiration to very many designers from the moment his work was first seen through to today, including the architect of V&A Dundee, Kengo Kuma.

‘When we set about developing galleries for the new museum telling the story of Scotland’s design history, it was vital Mackintosh was represented in a major way. Now, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Art Fund, the Scottish Government and others, that has been made possible.’

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