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Museum set to be self-sufficient by 2016

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is opening this weekend after it was closed for two years to undergo a £2 million revamp.

The museum is going to start charging visitors again, as it has done in the past. Adults will pay £3.75 for entry and under 5s will be free. It must be self-sufficient by 2016.

"We're projecting about about 15,000 visitors, paying visitors. In the past when it was free we could get more but we have to earn our living now, we won't be subsidised so every penny counts"

– Tricia Kerr, Chair of Keswick Museum and Art Gallery


Keswick Museum & Art Gallery exhibits new facelift

The new entrance has been updated Credit: ITV Border

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery is re-opening this week after a £2 million revamp.

It's been closed for nearly two years for the work to be carried out. There's a new entrance, extension and new and renovated displays.

The museum will be open to the public this weekend Credit: ITV Border

The museum was originally opened in 1898 and the art gallery was added in 1905. The new refurbishment has up dated and enhanced facilities.

There are new permanent and temporary exhibitions Credit: ITV Border

More than £1.75 million of funding has been awarded by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Allerdale Borough Council, Cumbria Fells and Dales Local Action Group, and many other local organisations also pledged money towards the funding for the project.

Olympic medals stolen from Dumfries Museum

Photos have been released of the Olympic medals that were among £34,000 worth of artefacts stolen from the Dumfries Museum on Wednesday 30 April.

The collection of historic medals included gold medals from the 1924 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

A silver gilt casket and the Provost’s Chain of Burgh of Maxwelltown were also stolen in the incident, which happened at about 10:05pm.

1924 Winter Olympic gold medal Credit: Police Scotland

Steven Lowther, chief inspector, Loreburn Police, said:

“It goes without saying that these items are distinctive and hold a huge amount of emotional attachment to the owners. We hope that someone may have some information on the location of these items, if they do, we would urge them to contact us."

2002 Olympic gold medal Credit: Police Scotland

Officers want to speak to three people who were seen running on Rotchell Road in the direction of Park Farm.

If you have any information please call Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

Ancient artefacts exhibited in Dumfries

Various ancient artefacts will be exhibited on Saturday (9th March) Credit: ITV News Border

One of the centre pieces of the exhibition is a Bronze Age sword which was found in a field near Lockerbie many years ago.

It was kept under a bed for 50 years before being handed in.

The Bronze age sword was kept under a bed for 50 years before being handed in Credit: ITV News Border


Shambellie House closure update

The campaign against closing Scotland's National Museum of Costumes has stepped up a gear.

The museum in Dumfries is under threat because of budget cuts.

The fight to save it stepped up a gear as local politicians held talks with senior management and the First Minister was questioned on what was being done.

Kathryn Samson reports:

Urgent meeting called to save museum

An urgent meeting to try and save a museum in Dumfries and Galloway has been called.

The council has formally objected to the Scottish Government's decision to close Shambellie House, which holds the Scotland's National Museum of Costume.

They have invited the National Museums of Scotland Director and Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop to an urgent meeting.

Abbey Ward Councillor Tom McAughtrie said:

“The campaign to save Shambellie House has really stepped up a gear and I am glad that all councillors on the committee agreed with Labour’s calls to formally object to the closure.

“The lack of consultation about shutting the museum is totally unacceptable. We need an urgent meeting with the Director of the National Museums of Scotland and the Scottish Culture Secretary to make clear how important Shambellie House is to the area."

– Cllr Tom McAughtrie
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