HLF Round 2
Following our exciting news about the successful Round 2 HLF application, there has been much interest from local and national press. You may have spotted articles in The Press and Journal, The Herald or The Times to name a few. Thank you to those who have shared our news on social media, it is much appreciated!
This month, Sharon has been having discussions with funders when we will be granted permission to start the delivery phase of the project . As a result of various conditions set out by funders, the project timescale will be revised. This may mean keeping the museum open next year until September 2019. The Museum would then close throughout 2020 for building works and the new museum would reopen at Easter 2021. This is of course, a provisional timetable at the moment.
We have had positive responses from the AIM Conservation Scheme and from the Idlewild Trust, this month. The AIM Conservation Scheme awarded us £6,010 for the conservation of the Upper Largie skeleton, which will be on display in the redeveloped Museum. The Idlewild Trust awarded £1,200 for the conservation of the Kilbride Cross, which will also be displayed in the Museum once it reopens.
Applications have also been submitted to the Clore Duffield Foundation and the Robertson Trust for major grants, and updates have been sent to the Hugh Fraser Foundation and other smaller trusts and foundations.
We have had several generous donations from private individuals this month which has contributed towards our fundraising gap, however we are still looking to raise £97,618.10 from private individuals, so if you are able to help, your support is appreciated as always!
There are several events that are in the process of being planned currently, so keep an eye on our Facebook page and website for any updates!
On the 31st of May, our Volunteers and staff were invited to a Redevelopment Project Update in the Library of the House, to ensure that they had the chance to find out about the Redevelopment Project and are able to answer questions from visitors and members of the public. Our architectural consultant Andrew Pinkerton was also on hand to answer any questions about our new building.