The first stage of the £14.5 million transformation of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders has been unveiled.
A new visitor centre a short distance from the house has been developed by the Abbotsford Trust. It aims to be a world class vistor centre and a centre of learning about Sir Walter Scott and his works, which include Waverly, Rob Roy and Ivanhoe.
Also on show are visitor books from the house. One of which shows Charles Dicken's signature.
The centre piece of the building will be a new exhibition that tells the story of the author from his birth in Edinburgh in 1771, his family life, education and his successful literary career to his financial ruin during the financial crash of 1825-6 and the cultural legacy he left to Scotland and the world.