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Council cash prevents Kilmartin House closure

The award-winning Kilmartin House Museum has been pulled back from the brink of closure by an emergency cash injection. The …
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The award-winning Kilmartin House Museum has been pulled back from the brink of closure by an emergency cash injection. The funding package, potentially worth £49,000, was announced last month.
The museum in Kilmartin Glen, Scotland, was expected to close this autumn because of a shortfall in funding. But Argyll and Bute Council has offered a one-off payment of £10,000 which is conditional on the museum trustees allowing public funding bodies to make nominations to the trust's board and agreeing a business plan and performance targets.

Allan Macaskill, the council leader, said that while the council recognised the importance of the museum, significant change was required to the trustee membership and operation to make it more commercially effective.

If the conditions are met it is hoped the grant from the council will unlock other cash including £10,000 from the Scottish Executive, to be channelled through the Scottish Museums Council and money from Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland, Argyll and the Islands Enterprise, the Forestry Commission and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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