The last month has been very intensive for those of us working on interpretation and activity planning as the exhibition design has progressed. We have continued to work with Reiach and Hall and our exhibition designers, Bright 3D, to ensure that the design is exciting and informative, and that all our documentation is integrated and consistent. With a few final tweaks, the Interpretation and Activity Plans will be ready to submit to our potential funders in November.
On the 27th of October we had an exclusive artefact viewing with eight people coming to view the Coll Hoard and the Carnasserie Food Vessel. Everyone found it a fascinating event and thoroughly enjoyed the scones with jam and cream afterwards. None of the cream got anywhere near the food vessel!
Work has continued on applications to smaller Trusts, with some big funding applications being drafted for deadlines in December and January. We are hoping to hear back from some larger foundations at the end of November as well, so watch this space!
Donations were received this month from the EA Timson Family Trust and the PF Charitable Trust, so a huge thank you to them. We are also delighted to announce that the laboratory in the new Museum will be dedicated to the memory of Dr Rose Whitelaw, after an incredibly generous £30,000 donation from her family. Thank you once again to Professor and Mrs Banfill for this kind gift.
The Royal Mail did a leaflet drop of our Fundraising Brochure to some of the local post codes, which went out in the week of the 23rd October. A few donations have already been received in relation to this, which is great.
During October, the design team have been concentrating on finalising all the drawings and information necessary for the Heritage Lottery Fund Round 2 submission and the separate application to Argyll & Bute Council for Planning Permission. This has involved a number of meetings with the Capital Progressing Committee and the Trustee Sub Group, where there has been lots of discussion to ensure that comments on the design have been adequately addressed and the proposals continue to meet the Museum’s requirements and aspirations.
The HLF submission will be completed in November and after that, there will be a lull in design team activities while we await their responses.
Work continues to develop the proposal to provide additional Museum car parking in the Glebe Field. We had planned to submit a Planning Application for this at the same time as the Planning Application for the main Museum site, however negotiations with relevant parties are not yet at a stage where this would be appropriate. We do anticipate that these negotiations will be brought to a satisfactory conclusion in the near future.