Mu­seum vis­its in­crease

The Galloway News - - DISTRICT NEWS -

Ste­wartry Mu­seum has wel­comed nearly 1,000 ex­tra vis­i­tors through its doors over the last 12 months.

And that num­ber could rise fur­ther af­ter a“very pop­u­lar” di­nosaur ex­hi­bi­tion dur­ing the sum­mer.

The fig­ures were pre­sented to mem­bers of Ste­wartry area com­mit­tee re­cently in the end of year re­port on the com­mu­ni­ties busi­ness plan.

It shows that be­tween April, 2017, and March this year there were 12,214 vis­i­tors.That com­pares favourably with 11,316 vis­i­tors for the pre­vi­ous year.

Direc­torate busi­ness man­ager, Ser­ena Dun­lop, said the mu­seum was able to use a grant of £4,000 fromTesco’s Bags for Life spon­sor­ship cam­paign to­wards a di­nosaur ex­hi­bi­tion which is set to visit mu­se­ums around the re­gion over the next few years.

She added:“Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2018 this ex­hi­bi­tion and as­so­ci­ated chil­dren’s events was very pop­u­lar with res­i­dents and vis­i­tors.”

While it was good news at the mu­seum in Kirkcud­bright, it wasn’t quite so pos­i­tive at Cas­tle Dou­glas Art Gallery.Vis­i­tor num­bers there have dropped from 7,177 to 6,601.

There were 19,176 vis­i­tors to theTol­booth Art Cen­tre in Kirkcud­bright – a slight rise on the pre­vi­ous year.That led to a to­tal of 37,992 vis­i­tors to the three at­trac­tions.

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