Paisley Bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021
On 15 July 2017 Paisley was announced as one of the five shortlisted candidates, alongside Coventry, Stoke, Sunderland and Swansea, to become UK City of Culture in 2021.
In 2015, the town launched its bid That bid is part of a wider push to use culture and heritage to sell the town as a destination and boost the local economy; it includes a planned £56.7m transformation of Paisley Museum.
Paisley sits on an expanse of low ground around 12 metres (40ft) above sea level surrounding the White Cart Water, which runs through the town centre. There are some hills and ridges which have been absorbed as the town has expanded. The settlement is historically centred on Oakshaw, an area surrounding a hill to the north of the current High Street. Oakshaw is a conservation area, and on the high ground many of Paisley’s significant buildings can be found, such as the High Kirk, the Coats Observatory and the former John Neilson Institution, which was once a school and is now converted into residential flats.
Paisley, as with other areas in Renfrewshire, was at one time famous for its weaving and textile industries. The Paisley pattern has long symbolic associations with the town.
Paisley is the main site for the modern University of the West of Scotland, which was created from a merger between the University of Paisley and Bell College in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire. The University of Paisley was granted university status in 1992, having existed previously as a central institution known as Paisley College of Technology. The further education college West College Scotland has a campus in the town; this institution was previously known as Reid Kerr College.
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