Redevelopment Update for November and December

HLF Round 2 Submission

On 16th November our Round 2 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted.  This was the culmination of months and months of hard work by the Kilmartin Museum team, our consultants, Reiach and Hall, Bright 3D and many others.  We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who was involved.  We will find out in March if our application has been successful, so until then everyone keep their fingers crossed!

Interpretation and Activity Planning

Our draft Interpretation and Activity Plans are now complete and have been submitted as part of our Heritage Lottery application. These plans set out how we will use new displays and interpretation in and around the museum to tell the Kilmartin Glen story, and how we will deliver a programme of activities that will explore this story further, confirming and raising the profile of the museum as a place of research, learning and fun. We are grateful to the many individuals, organisations and advisory groups which have contributed to the development of these plans.

Fundraising

We had a very successful dinner at Loch Melfort Hotel on the 10th of November, with the current funds raised standing at an astonishing £32,285! A hearty thank you to all who were involved and to those who donated or sponsored items in the auction, raffle or meal, your support is so valuable to us.

Due to the Loch Melfort dinner and the HLF Stage 2 application, the decision has been made to postpone the Pre Loved Fashion Show until the New Year, when there will be more time to properly promote the event. For those who have donated clothes, don’t worry, they are being kept safely until next year, and this gives more time for those who haven’t had the chance to look through their wardrobes.

Since the beginning of November over £5,500 has raised by our private individuals’ campaign.  It is great to see so many people supporting the Museum!  Bright 3D have continued designing our donors’ plaques, which will be displayed on the floor of the new reception area.  A leaflet was produced with examples of the plaques and distributed to guests at the Loch Melfort dinner.  They are also available at the Museum.

We would like to extend our thanks to the American branch of Clan McAlpin, who very generously fundraised for us at their annual Clan Gathering and raised £2,500.

December has seen responses from some of the bigger foundations.  We have received offers from the Wolfson Foundation for up to £150,000, and from the Foyle Foundation for £75,000 which is great news, and on 8th December Argyll and Bute Council ratified our £400,000 capital grant.  More responses are expected over the rest of the month so we will hopefully have even more good news to report at the end of January.

Donations have also been received from The Schuster Charitable Trust and The Wyfold Charitable Trust: we are incredible grateful for all contributions to our project!

As always, get in touch if you want to know anything more about the Project: redevelopment@kilmartin.org.