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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


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

Businesses join forces to save museum

Three Dumfries business groups have joined forces to launch a campaign to save Scotland's National Museum of Costumes from closure. Shambellie House in New Abbey has been home to the tourist attraction for thirty years.

It's run by National Museums Scotland who say it is to expensive to run in the face of budget cuts. Destination Dumfries & Galloway, ADGAP and the region's chamber of commerce are hoping they can influence the decision due to be made next month.

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