As many of you will know, we recently ran a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to conserve an exciting hoard of Bronze Age weapon fragments that were discovered on the Isle of Coll in 2015. We are delighted to announce that we have managed to raise £10,930! The Coll Hoard can now be sent to the Scottish Conservation Studio in Edinburgh, who will conserve these delicate objects so they can be displayed right here in Kilmartin. This is brilliant news, as a lot can be learned from these pieces.
Kilmartin Museum would like to thank everyone who donated, supported us and helped spread the word, it is greatly appreciated! We would like to recognise the contributions from the Ashfield Trust, the Craigend Trust, Abbey Moffat, Heather Wishart, Ann Parry, Kate Haig, Alan Vann, Mike Efstathiou, Grace MacLeod, Rosie Mapplebeck, Gregor Venters, Lindsay Purves and Sheila Clark, as well as offer a huge thank you to HLF + The Crown for their match funding of £5,000. To those who chose other rewards, we will be in touch over the next week, so keep an eye on your emails!
Our goal was to raise £10,000, so we have decided that the extra money raised will go towards preserving an early Christian cross slab fragment. This piece was discovered in a ruined chapel in Kilmartin Glen, and was outside for many years meaning it is covered in lichen and moss. In order to preserve as much of the carving as possible it needs to be cleaned by a professional conservator. It is wonderful to be able to save artefacts like the Coll Hoard and this cross fragment for future generations to enjoy so thank you once again to everyone who supported us!