Gaping hole would be left with closure of Broughton House
Sir – I was very disappointed to learn of the National Trust for Scotland’s plan to close Broughton House and Gardens until next year and make the staff there redundant.
Kirkcudbright is renowned the world over as a thriving Artists’ Town. Our council, businesses and community work very hard to build a resilient and diverse economy with art, culture and tourism key elements in that. To my mind, one of the jewels in Kirkcudbright’s crown is Broughton House and Gardens.
As the home and studio of Hornel, it represents a unique and tangible link between the art of the past and present. Broughton’s closure would leave a gaping hole at the heart of our Artists’ Town and the loss of the dedicated staff there would be devastating.
I understand that Friends of Broughton House are lobbying NTS for at the very least the gardens to be reopened as soon as possible this year and I would like to state my wholehearted support for this campaign.