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Kilmartin Museum makes history with £3.2m lottery grant

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May 10 2018

Kilmartin Museum makes history with £3.2m lottery grant
An ambitious overhaul of Kilmartin Museum is on track after the heritage project secured a £3.2m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to transform it into a national centre for archaeology.

An extension designed by Reiach & Hall Architects will link two existing museum buildings in order to better tell the story of Kilmartin Glen and better care for the artefacts and archaeology under its care while extending its community outreach and education role.

An enlarged exhibition area will allow a greater collection of objects to be showcased while accommodating double the number of visitors and tripling the number of people it can offer, bringing a 5,000 year history of human occupation in the area to life.

Dr Sharon Webb, director and curator at Kilmartin said: “The award means we’ve nearly reached our fundraising target, bringing the implementation of the project that much closer. 

“The project as a whole will enable us to properly care for the artefacts in our collections, and tell their stories interwoven with the sites and monuments in which they were found, as well as provide massive improvements to the visitor experience and the museum’s education service.”

Subject to additional fundraising to close a £100k shortfall the museum could move on-site in January next year to complete by summer 2020.
800 monuments and sites of interest including standing stones and enigmatic carvings have been identified within a 6 mile radius
800 monuments and sites of interest including standing stones and enigmatic carvings have been identified within a 6 mile radius
Kilmartin Glen is famed for its density of Neolithic and Bronze Age tombs
Kilmartin Glen is famed for its density of Neolithic and Bronze Age tombs

Kilmartin Museum was first opened in 1997 within an 18th century manse
Kilmartin Museum was first opened in 1997 within an 18th century manse
The grant award comes with UK-wide recognition of the areas importance
The grant award comes with UK-wide recognition of the areas importance

6 Comments

Bill S
#1 Posted by Bill S on 10 May 2018 at 07:18 AM
The images are very evocative - if they can retain that atmosphere in the completed building, then this could be a stunning addition.
Sven
#2 Posted by Sven on 10 May 2018 at 11:04 AM
The public entrance is terrible. It has closed the building off and looks like the painted chip bird erected around buildings being built. It swamps the original building and looks very unwelcoming. Really bad design.
Dan the Man
#3 Posted by Dan the Man on 10 May 2018 at 11:25 AM
Looks fantastic.
Dunadd
#4 Posted by Dunadd on 10 May 2018 at 14:14 PM
Commendable contextual restraint to architectural expression. Kilmartin - a wonderful destination.
CadMonkey
#5 Posted by CadMonkey on 10 May 2018 at 15:44 PM
In the main image, why did the cgi artist model the hoarding?
It would be better to see an image of how the building will look when it’s completed.
Dunadd
#6 Posted by Dunadd on 11 May 2018 at 08:43 AM
Sven and CadM, - I believe the main image has removed all experiential context and scale from this elevation. Between the main road and the building there is a substantial stone wall and mature trees and foliage. I believe the simple reduced elemental approach to this small elevation is appropriate, given the context and the function of the building. Just saying...

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