£400,000 for lo­cal ‘gem’

The Oban Times - - Community News -

KIL­MARTIN Mu­seum is one step closer to a multi-mil­lion pound re­fur­bish­ment, fol­low­ing an endorsement for two grants worth £3.5mil­lion.

The Her­itage Lottery fund (HLF) has an­nounced a first-round pass of £400,000 to­wards the multi-mil­lion pound cash boost.

The mu­seum, lo­cated around 12 miles south of Lochgilp­head, is in the Kil­martin Glen.

The glen is re­garded as one of Scot­land’s most im­por­tant pre­his­toric land­scapes and the arte­facts in the mu­seum are some of the UK’s old­est, dat­ing as far back as 3,500 BC.

The mu­seum - which opened in 1997 - col­lects and cu­rates al­most all of the ar­chae­ol­ogy in Ar­gyll, but it re­quires a ma­jor up­grade.

The an­nounce­ment of the first-round pass means the mu­seum is a step closer to the £3.1m grant. This will al­low re­de­vel­op­ment of the mu­seum and in­crease the num­ber of visi­tors, with a re­design and ex­pan­sion of the mu­seum plans in­clud­ing a new ex­hi­bi­tion gallery dis­play­ing never-be­fore-seen pre­his­toric ob­jects and an ad­di­tional gallery for use by lo­cal artists and to show­case tem­po­rary ex­hi­bi­tions.

The mu­seum hopes to have the new fa­cil­i­ties in place by 2020.

Gor­don Gray Stephens, chair of Kil­martin Mu­seum Trust, said: ‘We’re re­ally pleased to have the sup­port of HLF for our pro­pos­als.

‘The Kil­martin Glen land­scape is a gem that more peo­ple from Scot­land and fur­ther afield will now be able to dis­cover. We be­lieve that the re­de­vel­op­ment will also cre­ate cul­tural and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ar­gyll.’

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