Gap­ing hole would be left with clo­sure of Broughton House

The Galloway News - - Galloway View - Coun­cil­lor Dougie Camp­bell Dee and Glenkens

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.

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