Panopticon Trust awarded charity status

The Trustees of the Panopticon Trust are pleased to announce that they are now a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) charity number SC048924.

“Our new legal status means we can progress work to preserve the heritage of the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall in Glasgow. In late Spring 2019 we will be launching an appeal to raise funds for a Panopticon Capital Restoration Fund.

Over the next five years our aim is to raise £1m through a capital appeal to help us purchase the Britannia Panopticon Music Hall and attract outside funding to restore this unique category A-listed building for the benefit of the people of Glasgow, Scotland and beyond.

The Britannia Panopticon Music Hall dates from 1859 and holds an important place in Victorian music hall and early cinema history.

Stan Laurel made his performing debut at the Panopticon in 1906 before his international film success with Oliver Hardy as ‘Laurel & Hardy’.

Many famous music hall and variety artistes have graced its stage including Marie Lloyd, Dan Leno, Harry Lauder and Jack Buchanan.

Its original auditorium can still be seen today but upper floors are inaccessible as there is no viable staircase and no lift. The interior of this very special historic building is in need of complete restoration. Our ambition is to bring the whole building back into public use and to enable its heritage to be fully appreciated.”

For further information on the Panopticon Trust and the Panopticon Capital Restoration Fund contact info@panopticontrust.org

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