King could be hon­oured in town

Lennox Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

Plans for a £4.6mil­lion mu­seum in Dum­bar­ton could fea­ture a spe­cial ex­hibit hon­our­ing Robert the Bruce thanks to the Len­nox Her­ald’s Let The Bruce Rule the Rock cam­paign.

The am­bi­tious pro­ject for Glen­cairn House will see the his­toric build­ing trans­formed into a li­brary and mu­seum.

Coun­cil­lors last year urged those plan­ning the pro­ject to take note of our drive which called for more to be done in the area to cel­e­brate the Scot­tish King.

The “fan­tas­tic” plans were dis­cussed dur­ing the in­fra­struc­ture, re­gen­er­a­tion and eco­nomic devel­op­ment (IRED) com­mit­tee meet­ing this time last year.

There are cur­rently no ex­hibits ded­i­cated to the world fa­mous Scot in the area de­spite St Serf ’s Church in Le­ven­grove Park be­ing one of his three burial sites.

SNP coun­cil leader Jonathan McColl said it would be im­por­tant to work with his­tor­i­cal groups in the area to en­sure the con­nec­tion is cel­e­brated.

At the time Coun­cil­lor McColl said: “There is a lo­cal cam­paign high­light­ing the Robert the Bruce con­nec­tion in this area and it would be re­ally good if we could en­gage with groups such as Strath­leven Ar­ti­zans to see what we could do to make sure we can do this.

“We should be mak­ing sure we are con­nect­ing with th­ese groups and get­ting their in­put.”

Labour coun­cil­lor Martin Rooney agreed ef­forts should be made to in­clude ex­hibits on Robert the Bruce.

He added: “The cam­paign in the Len­nox Her­ald has high­lighted the im­por­tance of Robert the Bruce and that there isn’t much done in the area other than the name Bruce­hill.

“There is so much his­tory that could be shown in this build­ing.”

Coun­cllor Rooney also com­pared the pro­ject to the re­gen­er­a­tion of the Church Street coun­cil build­ing which was com­pleted in 2018.

He said: “I think this is a fan­tas­tic idea.

“I know it is a lot of money but we have seen what in­vest­ment in an old build­ing can do for an area in the re­gen­er­a­tion of the coun­cil build­ing.”

The plans went out for public con­sul­ta­tion, giv­ing res­i­dents a say on the pro­ject – which is ex­pected to bring an es­ti­mated 70,000 peo­ple to the High Street and in­crease spend­ing in the town by £90,000.

The plans were given the green light later last year and will also see the ex­ist­ing li­brary at Strath­leven Place be­come a com­mu­nity col­lec­tions store and ar­chive where the public can ex­plore rare and im­por­tant ob­jects from West Dun­bar­ton­shire’s mu­seum col­lec­tions for the first time.

Glen­cairn House, built in 1643, will be fully re­fur­bished and a new four­storey ex­ten­sion would be added to the rear with views over the River Leven and Dum­bar­ton Cas­tle.

The mu­seum fa­cil­i­ties will in­clude an en­tire floor ded­i­cated to lo­cal his­tory and in­cor­po­rat­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion space.

This would be fur­ther sup­ported by dis­plays of arte­facts through­out all floors of the build­ing.

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