£400,000 for local ‘gem’
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.’