The first stage of the £14.5 million transformation of Sir Walter Scott's home in the Scottish Borders has been unveiled to the public. A purpose-built visitor centre opens at Abbotsford house near Melrose on Monday.
The building has been developed by The Abbotsford Trust as part of its efforts to create a world-class visitor attraction and centre of learning about Sir Walter Scott.
The centre piece of the building will be a new exhibition that tells the story of the world's first best-selling author, his successful literary career and the cultural legacy he left to Scotland and the world.
The Visitor Centre also includes a new work by contemporary Scottish artist Claire Barclay, as well as a shop and a restaurant. The main house, which is currently being refurbished, will re-open in 2013.
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