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Green light for Jim Clark Museum redevelopment

The museum will celebrate the life and achievements of Jim Clark Photo: ITV Border

Plans for a £1.5 million redevelopment of the Jim Clark Museum has been given the green light.

The museum has been granted £635,000 of lottery money to expand the existing Jim Clark Room.

A similar amount will be provided by the Scottish Borders Council, and the rest from public donations.

The Jim Clark Trust confirmed it had reached its fundraising target of £300,000 thanks to the support fundraisers.

The project will see the existing space in Duns redeveloped to create a modern museum.

It will celebrate the life and achievements of Jim Clark, a double Formula One world champion.

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Honorary President of The Jim Clark Trust said:

I am thrilled that the dream has come true that sufficient funding is going to permit a great Scottish hero to be honoured by what will be an excellent testimony to his success as one of the world's greatest racing drivers of all time.

I am so proud to have been a friend of Jim's. I learned so much from him and I miss him dearly. This initiative will recognise one of Scotland's greatest sporting heroes in the very grounds that he so much loved.

I would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Borders Council and The Jim Clark Trust and all who have financially supported this endeavour to honour a great Scottish sportsman.

– Sir Jackie Stewart, Honorary President, The Jim Clark Trust
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The new museum will showcase memorabilia and the trophy collection, including two of Jim Clark’s race cars.

The Jim Clark Trust and representatives of the Jim Clark Memorial Room Trust have been involved throughout the project development, and have played a key role in fundraising.

Trustee and cousin of Jim Clark said:

On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Borders Council and the thousands of individuals across the world that have supported our £300,000 charity fundraising campaign, without whom this project would not be possible.

Those people should feel justifiably proud having contributed to today’s announcement. We look forward to a new museum celebrating the life and achievements of Jim and his legacy for Scottish motor sport to promote heritage, education and inspire future generations.”

– Doug Niven, Trustee, The Jim Clark Trust

The new museum is due to open in 2019.