Thin Red Line Appeal
The Duke of Cambridge, known as the Earl of Strathearn in Scotland, has become Patron of the Thin Red Line Appeal, to secure the future of The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum.
The project will enable the museum to be redeveloped to meet the expectation of visitors to one of Scotland’s key heritage sites, and to educate future generations on the remarkable role played by the soldiers of one of Scotland’s great Highland Regiments over the last 220 years.
Brigadier Bruce Russell, the Chairman of the Museum Trust said: “I am delighted that The Duke of Cambridge, The Earl of Strathearn, has given his support and encouragement to this appeal, designed to safeguard the memory of a unique part of the British Army and of the nation’s proud military and cultural heritage.”
‘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.’
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✸ VisitScotland attraction.
With the withdrawal of Ministry of Defence funding in 2011, The Argylls’ 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. Working in partnership with Historic Environment Scotland over the past three years, the Museum Trustees have developed a comprehensive feasibility study leading to the identification of the best option for redeveloping the Museum. The overall cost of the project is expected to be in the region of £4M, £2M of which we need to raise ourselves. A successful application has been made to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Stage 1 funding of £245K has been granted. This will enable us to develop our plans for the project’s delivery and by the end of 2017 we will be prepared to apply for Stage 2 delivery funding of £1.1 Million.
Under the patronage of HRH The Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, we are now working to raise the balance of the funding required and in due course we will be launching a wider public appeal, enabling the project to be completed by 2019.
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. The redevelopment will enhance both the Museum’s and the Castle’s visitor experience, as well as provide a sustainable business model on which to operate for the foreseeable future.
Funding purposes – achieving the redevelopment will result in:
❖ Museum gallery space being increased by one third to enhance the fascinating story of the Regiment;
❖ The conservation needs of the collection and archives being improved to the highest standards;
❖ Digitised records of the collection and archives providing improved opportunities for access and research;
❖ A high-quality standard of presentation to meet the expectations of visitors, young and old from home and abroad;
❖ Improved opportunity for engagement with schools, already popular as the First World War commemoration programme has demonstrated;
❖ An expectation that visitor footfall to the Museum will increase significantly above the current figure of 184,000 per annum;
❖ Increasing the Museum’s capability to mount outreach projects, such as loan displays and historical workshops reaching across the Regiment’s territorial footprint;
❖ Improved access, both physical and intellectual, for all visitors;
❖ Delivering an engaging interpretation of The Argylls’ story in the heart of Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most popular tourist destinations;
❖ Provision of spectacular and intimate venues for events, which will enable wider community engagement as well as helping to provide valuable income for the future.
Can you help us deliver this inspiring museum project?
To deliver this inspiring project will depend on donations from individuals, trusts & foundations, corporate sponsors, and The Argylls’ extensive community across Scotland and beyond – all who care about preserving our remarkable story for future generations and wish to be associated with the past achievements of the Highland Soldier, our Jocks.
How you can help reach our target …
We need to raise a total of £2 million, but we can’t achieve this without your donations and support to help make our Museum fit for the 21st Century, bringing alive The Argylls’ story, and one that will be around to educate, inform and inspire generations to come.
Enquiries and contributions …
Please address enquiries and send contributions to:
Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum Redevelopment Fund,
The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Regimental Museum
The Castle, Stirling FK8 1EH
Telephone: 01786 475165