£4million Redevelopment Project
Under threat of closure following MoD cuts, the Museum is embarking on a two-year, £4M renewal project, part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will enable the Museum to be redeveloped to meet the expectation of today’s visitors and to tell the stories of the soldiers of one of Scotland’s great Highland Regiments over the last 220 years. Uniquely among military museums, we are setting our story against the social history of Scotland, covering such aspects as the Clearances, shipbuilding, industrialisation and the growth of manufacturing. The improved Museum will provide a focal point for activities of veterans and serving soldiers. Click here for more details of the redevelopment project. Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other donors have enabled us to fund the initial development stage of the project. The delivery costs of the project are £2.6M and we are making excellent progress, but we need your help.
We need to raise approximately £1M to allow us to reach our target.
In order to raise the funding required for the redevelopment of the Museum, we have launched the Thin Red Line Appeal. Our aim is to enable the project to be completed in 2019
‘To redevelop the Regimental Museum of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a premier visitor attraction within the world-class heritage site of Stirling Castle, as a lasting tribute to those who served in the Regiment and provide a focal point for activities of veterans and serving soldiers.’
Why we need your support
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum is located in The King’s Old Building of Stirling Castle. The Regiment was raised there in 1794 and retains a strong connection with the surrounding counties from Argyllshire to Clackmannanshire. To this day, the Castle remains the Regiment’s spiritual home. The Museum moved to its present location 30 years ago but has seen no major redevelopment since then. It is an accredited museum under Arts Council England Accreditation Scheme and is a 4 star Visit Scotland attraction. With the withdrawal of Ministry of Defence funding in 2011, the Museum is no longer sustainable operating on its current model and its doors will close. It requires extensive modernisation to ensure that the memory of one of Scotland’s iconic Highland Regiments is not lost, thereby preserving an important element of the nation’s military heritage to be enjoyed by future generations. The Museum contains a nationally important collection of military artefacts, letters, artwork and silver together with extensive archives. Whilst the assets are responsibly cared for, physical access to the Museum is challenging and intellectual access to the collections is dated and in need of major investment. Working in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland, the Museum Trustees have identified the best option for redeveloping the Museum which will enhance the visitor experience, as well as provide a sustainable business model on which to operate for the foreseeable future.
The redevelopment will result in:
- An engaging interpretation which sets the Regiment’s story against the social history of Scotland, and meets the expectations of visitors, young and old from home and abroad
- Increased gallery space and improved access
- Improved opportunity for engagement with schools and community groups
- More outreach projects, such as loan displays and historical workshops, reaching right across the Regiment’s traditional recruiting grounds
- Spectacular and intimate venues for events
- Improved retail opportunities to put the Museum on a sustainable financial footing for the future
- The highest conservation standards
- Digitised records of the collection and archives providing improved opportunities for access and research