‘Kilmartin Museum can no longer be Argyll’s hidden gem.’

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‘Kilmartin Museum can no longer be Argyll’s hidden gem.

‘It is world-class museum which is deserving of international recognition’, so said Argyll and Bute MP, Brendan O’Hara during a reception last week in the Palace of Westminster.

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The event was set to raise awareness of Kilmartin Museum and its current multi-million redevelopment project.

An impressive array of business people mingled with MPs and Peers from across Scotland while Dr Sharon Webb MBE, curator of the museum outlined their ambitious plans to make Kilmartin Museum a centre of archaeological learning as well as a must see visitor attraction for both domestic and international tourists.

The museum, located in the heart of Kilmartin Glen and home to an array of artefacts dating back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age, was fortunate to secure funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but with still £1.5million to raise, they sought the help of their Member of Parliament to raise awareness of the museum.

Mr O’Hara described being bowled over during his first visit to the museum. he said: ‘As you wander through the beautiful Argyll landscape it is littered with prehistoric standing stones, Bronze Age burial chambers and is among the most important archaeological sites of its type anywhere in the world.

He added: ‘Tourism is essential part of the Argyll and Bute economy and I am delighted to support Kilmartin in any way I can to help make their exciting vision a reality.’

After the event, Dr Sharon Webb, who was awarded the MBE earlier this year said: ‘We know Kilmartin and its archaeological treasures are amazing, and we want more people to know about them, so it was very kind of Mr O’Hara to help us arrange this event and to host it.

‘We opened 19 years ago in converted buildings that we have now outgrown.

‘The redevelopment project will transform the museum so that we can take proper care of the important artefacts in our collections and help people understand and enjoy them.

‘The new museum will mean we can provide better facilities for visitors, and expand our education service.

‘It’s a really exciting time for us and we were delighted to share what we want to do at Kilmartin with so many interested people.’

Similar events are planned for Edinburgh and Glasgow this year.