New education centre for Titan

07 Jun 2011

A purpose-built education and visitor centre has opened at the base of the Titan Crane in Clydebank. Clyde Waterfront contributed to the project which will benefit local school children and tourists.

The £120,000 centre will provide classroom and workshop facilities for schools, community groups and visitors to the Titan, the crane that helped John Browns build the biggest ships in the world last century.

Opening the centre, Graham Mochan, chair of Clydebank Re-built, the town's regeneration company said, "Today the Titan Crane is an icon of the town's proud shipbuilding and engineering heritage and Scotland's most unusual visitor attraction.

"At the new centre school classes and community groups can come and learn more about the Titan Crane and the town's importance in Scottish and world history, trade and travel.  Having lessons below the Crane will bring many subjects alive.  

"Getting this centre off the ground has been a real partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clyde Waterfront Partnership and Clydebank Re-built.   It will help us take the message about the Titan and Clydebank's story to future generations", added Mr Mochan.

In addition to an open-plan classroom and workshop area, the centre has a display and exhibition area, including 'smart' board technology allowing lessons to be relayed from the Titan to schools across the country, through the Learning Teaching Scotland Network.

The Titan Education and Visitor Centre - named the Drawing Office, after John Browns famous Drawing Office  -  is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and by the local regeneration organisations, Clyde Waterfront Partnership and Clydebank Re-built.

Over 29,000 people - including over 150 school classes - have visited the Titan Crane since it opened as a heritage visitor attraction in August 2007

School and community groups interested in visiting the Crane and the new Education and Visitor Centre should contact Cheryl Dyer on 0141 951 3420 or by email .  More information about the Titan on

Source: Clydebank Rebuilt