Redevelopment Update for February

HLF Round 2

On Wednesday 23rd February the Chair of the Scotland HLF Committee, Dame Seona Reid DBE, and other Heritage Lottery Fund representatives visited Kilmartin Museum as part of our Round 2 application process. Dr Sharon Webb and members of the Trustee Sub Group gave a tour of the site, a short presentation, and answered questions and queries from the HLF members. We were delighted to have the chance to demonstrate our passion and commitment to this project, as well as its importance to the Chair directly.  We very much hope this resonates when HLF are making their decision!

Museum staff are currently submitting final Development Phase Grant Claims to HLF, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Museums Galleries Scotland, which will wrap up this stage of the project.  We expect to hear about Delivery Phase funding from HLF on 20th March, but until then the Kilmartin team will continue to work behind the scenes, fundraising and organising for the next stage – fingers crossed we get the go-ahead.


February saw a huge wave of donations come in from private individuals, with over £10,000 raised as part of our approach to Friends, Founding Friends and other potential donors. This included a donation from Clan McAlpine, who raised money for the Museum between September and December.  A huge thank you to all our donors and we will continue to keep them updated about the project as we progress.

Unfortunately, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the John Ellerman Regional Museum and Galleries Fund were unable to assist us with our Redevelopment Project, which was obviously disappointing, but are delighted to announce that the Garfield Weston Foundation awarded the Museum a £100,000 grant at their meeting on February 19th.  We also received £1,000 from The Late Mrs Margaret Guido’s Charitable Trust, who have supported the Museum in the past. These generous grants are gratefully received.

An initial application to the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund has been submitted, as well as an application to the Idlewild Trust for the conservation of the Kilbride Cross, so we look forward to hearing the outcomes over the next couple of months.  An Expression of Interest was submitted to LEADER and discussions are taking place around a further application.

The Pre Loved Fashion Show will be on the 24th of March in Lunga House ballroom, there will be a catwalk followed by the opportunity to purchase any of the items on the catwalk, plus many more. You can purchase your tickets on our Facebook page and through Eventbrite. Thank you for all the kind donations of clothes, they are much appreciated!

On the 28th of April there will be an evening of A Capella singing in Tayvallich Hall. The wonderful group Quintessential have a wide repertoire of popular and familiar songs ranging from The Beach Boys to Nina Simone. There will be light refreshments and possibly the opportunity to sing along too! Tickets are available to purchase from the Argyll Book Centre and the Museum Shop for £10 and £5 for under 16’s. It promises to be a fun evening for all!

Building Design Progress

Our planning application is being carefully considered by Argyll and Bute Council. The Local Planning Authority supports the proposed extension to the Museum and associated external works, and is minded to recommend the application for approval subject to final resolution of a couple of issues which have been raised by consultees.