Shambellie House debated in Holyrood

The future of a costume museum in Dumfries of Galloway will be debated at the Scottish Parliament. Shambellie House is under threat because of budget cuts. Local MSPs are calling for twelve months grace to come up with a way to save it

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"Closure is not an option"

"Closure is not an option" - that was the message from many MSPs as they debated the future of the National Museum of Costume.

Shambellie House in New Abbey near Dumfries is under threat because of budget cuts.

National Museums of Scotland are due to make a decision next week, but there are calls for a twelve month reprieve to consider other options.

Future of costume museum debated

The future of a small costume museum in Dumfries and Galloway is the subject of a big debate tonight at the the Scottish Parliament.

National Musuems of Scotland say they need to close Shambellie House in New Abbey because of budget cuts.

Several local MSPs have been campaigning to save it.

They're supporting Dumfries and Galloway Council’s request for a 12-month extension before a final decision is made.

The council and other partners are looking at ways to boost profits and save the museum in the long term.

South of Scotland Liberal Democrat MSP Jim Hume said:

“To lose a museum of national importance would represent a serious blow to the region’s cultural activities which attracts 15,000 visitors each year. This could be severely damaging to this rural area’s local economy.

“At a time when Edinburgh’s National Museum has undergone a substantial investment programme, many people across Dumfries and Galloway will rightly be asking why Shambellie House is being put in jeopardy.

“Until a permanent solution has been found, I’m backing local calls for a twelve month period of grace. Closure must not be an option.”

– Jim Hume MSP

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