Alford museum receives £50,000 boost
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A “most excellent” local museum has been awarded more than £50,000 for development by a Scottish fund.
Alford and Donside Heritage Association has been awarded funding from Museums Galleries Scotland to secure the future of Scottish independent museums put at risk by the pandemic.
This award will enable essential repairs and maintenance to be carried out to the former auction mart prior to planned reopening in March 2021.
The funding will also support a full review of the organisation, its people, building, finances and marketing to increase sustainability.
Museum supporter and local MP Andrew Bowie has written to congratulate the museum and highlight its importance to the community.
The MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine has held constituency surgeries at the attraction and arranged a visit from Michael Gove MP, and he said: “I am delighted that the importance of the museum to the local community, and indeed the historic significance of the building itself, has been recognised and that you are now able to carry out the necessary repairs ready for your reopening in 2021.”
Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford councillor Robbie Withey said: “Museums, like other visitor attractions, face an uncertain future due to the impact of the pandemic.
“We can’t afford to allow most excellent local attractions like the heritage museum to suffer and the funding is most welcome.”