Redevelopment Update for September

On 5th September Sharon, Anne and KMCL Chairman Gordon Gray Stephens attended the HLF Mid-Term Review, with Rachel Hunter, Andrew Pinkerton and members of the design team.  Our mentor, Griff Boyle, and our HLF Case Officer, Tom Ingrey-Counter, noted that there is a fair bit of work to be done but that we are heading in the right direction and are on target to submit our HLF Round 2 Application in November.

The KM Team and consultants have continued to work together since then to further develop interpretation content and prepare all the necessary documentation for the HLF submission as well as documentation for other funding bodies.  This has included taking on advice from our expert advisory panel (the Interpretation and Activity Progressing Committee) and the Heart of Argyll Wildlife Organisation, and holding a number of content development workshops.

Our online and paper survey is now complete and has provided us with useful, informative responses that confirm our plans for interpretation and activity plus suggestions and ideas that we have been able to include in our Activity Plan.

Funding applications have been submitted to the Crerar Hotels Trust and the Foyle Foundation, and an Expression of Interest has been lodged with LEADER.  We have also been given the go ahead to submit an application to the Garfield Weston Foundation in December.  A cheque for £1,500 was received from the Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust, along with further pledges for another £1,500 next year and £1,000 the year after!  Thank you Gordon Fraser Charitable Trust!

On the 17th of September the Kilmartin Museum gardeners held a garden party with great success.  Patsy Dyer did some storytelling and Leonie Pirrie played some atmospheric music in the background while the guests ate incredible food made by the gardeners.  There was also a bring and buy sale of plants and produce and the chance to find out more about the Redevelopment Project, with two of our team on hand to answer questions.  Thank you to all the gardeners for their hard work, it paid off with a sum of £1400 being raised!

On top of this, pledges and donations from private individuals this month came to over £6,600, which is great news.

As always, we would love to hear from you!  If you want to find out more or are interested in supporting the Redevelopment Project, don’t hesitate to get in touch, either here at the Museum or via redevelopment@kilmartin.org.