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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

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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