The Redevelopment Project

The Museum is embarking on a two-year, £4M renewal project.

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We are delighted to announce that we have just been awarded £973K from Heritage Lottery Fund for our heritage project thanks to money raised by #NationalLottery players!

Read the press release HERE.

The mission

‘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.’

£4 Million Redevelopment Project

Under threat of closure following Ministry of Defence cuts, the Museum is embarking on a two-year, £4M renewal project.

The project will enable the Museum to meet the expectation of today’s visitors and 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 Highland Clearances, shipbuilding and the industrialisation of the Central Belt of Scotland. The Museum will continue to provide a focal point for activities of veterans and serving soldiers.

Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and other donors has enabled us to fund the initial planning stage of the project. The delivery costs of the project are £2.6M and we are making excellent progress.

We need your help to fund the final stage!

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 by June 2019.

The outcome:

  • 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

The story so far

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* Visit Scotland attraction.

Why we need your help

Despite increasing visitor numbers, the Museum is no longer sustainable operating on its current model and its doors will close.  To ensure the the Museum is self-supporting and can generate sufficient income to enable periodic refurbishment, it requires extensive redevelopment.

Looking  to the future

This exciting £4M redevelopment project will transform the Regimental Museum. Its unique approach will appeal to visitors of all ages from all over the world and the new ‘Highlights Exhibition’, increased gallery space and easier access will improve the visitor experience.

The Museum will tell the story of a nation through the history of the Regiment and the accounts of the soldiers and their families, bringing the artefacts alive through the stories behind them. By looking at the conflicts of The Argylls on the global stage, as well as the impact of the Regiment on local communities, the Museum will engage visitors from far and wide. Our exhibits will focus on different themes such as sport, music and family life, as well as the military campaigns, appealing to a wide audience. There will be increased education and community engagement, both in the Museum, across Scotland and further afield through our digitisation programme.

Safeguarding the past

As part of the Scottish Military Museums’ Collection, our collection of military artefacts, letters, artwork and silver and extensive archives, has recently been recognised as a ‘Nationally Significant’ collection by the Scottish Government. The redevelopment will allow greater access to the collection, through increased exhibition space and online access.

 

 

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