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Funding Boost for Castle Collections

Funding Boost for Castle Collections

Thirlestane Castle Trust is delighted to have been awarded £40,000 from Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) which will help relocate two important collections at the castle.

The money from the Museum Development Fund will allow both the Muniments Collection and the Historic Toy Collection to be moved to more appropriate spaces within the castle.

The Muniments Collection is the complete and historic estate record detailing the castle and estate history since the castle was built in 1590. Thirlestane Castle Trust will re-house the collection within the museum storage area and archive. A copy of this unique collection is also held at the National Archive of Scotland. Once moved, the original documents will be available for interested parties to view, along with other stored items within the castle archive.

The Historic Toy Collection is an extensive collection of toys from the Edwardian, Victorian and Georgian eras. Some of the items belonged to children who lived in the castle while the majority have been kindly loaned to Thirlestane Castle Trust. The funding will allow the Trust to move the collection to a new location on the ground floor with wider accessibility for visitors. It will also allow the Trust to create new displays and interpretation to improve and regenerate the visitor experience.

The funding from MGS, while greatly appreciated only makes up some of the cost needed to complete the work. This project will cost approximately £70,000 so the Trustees are currently fundraising to obtain the additional funding needed to complete the project.

Edward Maitland-Carew, resident trustee said: "We’re absolutely thrilled to have received this funding from Museums Galleries Scotland. This money will help us to carry out this very important piece of work so these historic collections are preserved and many more people can enjoy them when they visit this fantastic castle.”