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The trustees of Kilmartin Museum have appointed the writer and journalist Neal Ascherson as honorary patron of the museum.
Mr Ascherson’s role will be to represent the museum nationally, helping to extend its contacts and raise awareness outside Argyll.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Ascherson said: ‘I am extremely proud and honoured to accept the role of patron of Kilmartin Museum, and hope that I can continue to promote the museum during its exciting redevelopment phase.
‘I have been a long-standing supporter of the museum since its inception over 20 years ago and have watched it develop over the years into a centre for collecting and curating all of Argyll’s archaeology.’
Born in Edinburgh, Neal Ascherson has a lifelong connection with Argyll and its heritage. A trustee of Kilmartin Museum for many years, he is also the longest-serving Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, to which he was introduced in his teens by the late Marion Campbell of Kilberry. He taught at University College London’s Institute of Archaeology from 1998-2008, and was founder and editor of the journal, Public Archaeology. Several of his books, including Stone Voices: the Search for Scotland and Black Sea, discuss the prehistoric past of Argyll.
Dr Sharon Webb MBE, director/curator of Kilmartin Museum, commenting on Mr Ascherson’s appointment, said: ‘We are delighted that Neal is continuing his longstanding commitment to Kilmartin Museum, especially as we go through this exciting period of change.
‘Neal has been a wonder support for many years and we are overjoyed that he has agreed to become our patron.’
This is an exciting time for Kilmartin Museum as it embarks on a multi-million pound redevelopment project which has attracted funding from a number of agencies, trusts, foundations and individual donors, including £3.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.