Biggar Museum Trust New Project: 2013
Biggar Museum Trust receives £620,000 from the Clyde Wind Farm Community and Development Fund!!
James Dawnay, Chairman of the Trust, said: "We have been working on an application for the last six months or so and the relevant committee from South Lanarkshire Council met on Tuesday and recommended they should put money to the new build project".
The Trust is absolutely delighted by this award as it is a massive step towards constructing the new museum on Biggar's High Street.
Download our vision document to find out more about the new museum project.
Biggar Museum Trust New Project: Background
In 2011, BMT launched the Stephens Garage Appeal to purchase a site on the High Street as a new home for Biggar’s museums; a target figure of £385,000 was set to be raised by the end of July. The local community responded with remarkable enthusiasm and generosity. Twenty-five different organisations and 250 people donated cheques to the appeal while many more contributed through their support for the many events held to raise money. In announcing that the target figure had been exceeded by £40,000, James Dawnay, Chairman of BMT, expressed his thanks to all those who had made this possible, recognising that very often the smallest sums had been at the greatest cost.
The Stephens Garage Appeal 2011
Biggar Museum Trust had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase Stephens Garage in the High Street in order to create a new purpose built museum.
In Biggar Museums, we are extremely fortunate to have an enormous number of both everyday and rare objects from the past, collected mainly by Brian Lambie over more than half a century. This amazing legacy to the people of Biggar and district deserves to be rehoused, reclaimed and exhibited in modern surroundings where the collection can be fully appreciated and enjoyed by everyone.
In Stephens Garage, we have a unique opportunity to create a 21st century museum for the town and future generations. The first step is to purchase the site for £380,000. We know that many people will be eager to help Biggar Museum Trust realise this ambition and all donations will be received with gratitude. Anyone who donates £100 (£150 for a couple) or more will have his or her name displayed in the museum.
The New Museum will bring together the best of Gladstone Court and Moat Park, but there will be many surprises. For a start, you will be able to enjoy a coffee in the Gladstone Court area – or book this space for a function( e.g. craft fairs, wine-tasting, art exhibitions), where guests can enjoy an ambience that spans over a 100 years of a Scottish country town.
The forecourt layout will be designed to complement the High Street as well as to attract passing visitors, who will contribute to the economy of the whole town. As a further incentive to visit, tourist information will be available in the museum Reception Area. Here, there will be models and photographs of people who have made a unique contribution to Biggar’s story. There will, of course, be a shop, providing an outlet for the amazing variety of craft goods produced locally.
This is our vision. To help us realise it, please make a donation today. All cheques payable to 'Biggar Museum Trust'.