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Project information

Kilmartin Museum Redevelopment Project

The Redevelopment Project will transform Kilmartin Museum, providing new visitor facilities, new interpretive learning, participatory experiences, fit for purpose accessible collections storage and innovative ways to experience the area’s heritage.

February 2017 - April 2020

Charity information: Kilmartin Museum

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  • Need


    Since opening in 1997, Kilmartin Museum has developed to the extent that our buildings are now no longer fit for purpose. This is inhibiting our growth, and, if not solved, will prevent us from continuing our work.


    The solution to these challenges is an ambitious plan to transform the Museum with a new extension. Our aim is to significantly develop our work and create an inspiring place where we can care for, celebrate, and tell the story of Kilmartin Glen’s unique archaeological and natural heritage. The project will encourage many more people of all ages to understand and appreciate its global significance, and will secure the long term future of Kilmartin Museum.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To create an inspiring place where we can celebrate and tell the story of Kilmartin Glen’s heritage


    » An updated permanent exhibition, calendar of temporary exhibitions and natural heritage interpretation will be an integral part of the project.
    » An updated website to help visitors plan their trip will include a mobile means of accessing information about sites and monuments in the landscape.
    » The updated museum exhibition will include child and family interpretation of the artefacts and landscape.
    » A purpose built, larger education room will allow us to accommodate a larger number of pupils and offer a wider programme of events.

    What success will look like

    The redesigned building will serve visitors’ needs in terms of flow and facilities to enable us to capitalise on the opportunities to engage and develop new and existing audiences.

    Aim 2

    To broaden and build on our local audience by increasing cultural and participatory experiences.


    » Offer a varied programme of exhibitions in the temporary gallery.
    » Offer a wide programme of events and talks and increase the number of places available.

    What success will look like

    A wide ranging programme of temporary exhibitions will be augmented by Active Archaeology, events, talks and enhanced learning opportunities.

    Aim 3

    Ensure preservation & appreciation of the Museum’s archaeological artefacts, landscape & monuments


    » Activities designed to engage people with the natural & cultural heritage of Kilmartin Glen will encourage people to be involved in its preservation.
    » Better interpretation of the heritage will allow people to have an enjoyable, fun and informative experience.

    What success will look like

    People will think differently about Kilmartin Glen's heritage and want to get involved in helping to preserve it for the future.

    Aim 4

    To widen the cultural impact of Kilmartin Museum


    » A marketing and awareness raising strategy will be developed to ensure that project benefits reach our intended audiences.

    What success will look like

    Kilmartin Museum will become THE must see archaeological attraction on the Scottish mainland.

    Aim 5

    To secure the financial sustainability of Kilmartin Museum.


    » The redeveloped Museum will attract larger numbers of visitors increasing self generated income.
    » The redesigned building will be environmentally friendly and will allow cost savings to be made.

    What success will look like

    Kilmartin Museum will increase self generated income and reduce its dependency on public funding.

  • Impact


    By 2020, Kilmartin Glen, with the Museum at its heart, will be well known within Britain and beyond. The unique and special nature of the Glen’s archaeological past, and exceptional natural heritage will be better understood, valued and cared for. This in turn, will lead to long term preservation so that future generations are able to learn from and enjoy the unique combination of natural heritage and archaeological riches.


    A full PESTLE risk analysis was undertaken to identify external risks and an internal risk analysis undertaken too. All risks were given extensive consideration and robust mitigations developed to help us overcome risks identified.


    We will use a number of mechanisms to report to donors including reports on our website, social media notifications, personal letters, information in Museum reception and press campaigns.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,300,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £837,750 Professional Fees Architect and Interpretative design fees
      £361,772 Staff and Consultancies Staff and consultancies to manage and deliver the project
      £3,365,100 Capital Works Capital, contingencies and costs of operating offsite during the construction works
      £326,100 Activity plan Archaeology and education activities planned for new building
      £780,594 Fit out Exhibition, trading company and office fit out costs
      £628,684 Inflation Forecast inflation costs during project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Heritage Lottery Fund £425,000 Guaranteed
    Argyll and Bute council £50,000 Guaranteed
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise £26,000 Guaranteed
    Heritage Lottery Fund £3,075,000 Conditional
    Argyll and Bute council £400,000 Conditional
    Highlands and Islands Enterprise £400,000 Conditional
    Public Sector Funders £490,000 Conditional
    Trusts and Foundations £105,000 Guaranteed
    Private Individual donations £150,000 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Kilmartin Museum is located in Kilmartin Glen, mainland Scotland's richest archaeological landscape. Kilmartin Museum opened in 1997, and now collects and curates almost all of the archaeology in Argyll and operates an education service which reaches almost every child in Argyll. The Museum is one of the largest independent employers in Mid Argyll, and has an estimated local economic impact of over £3 million per annum.


    Local people will benefit from temporary exhibitions, events, talks, volunteer opportunities and the shop and cafe facilities. Visitors to Argyll will learn about Kilmartin Glen and its monuments, and enjoy events and activities. Information will be disseminated about the sites and monuments in the Glen. Schools will benefit from the Museum's education service and students will gain research opportunities and professional training. Virtual visitors will be able to access online information.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Kilmartin Museum is located in the heart of Kilmartin Glen. This project will build on 20 years’ experience and will develop existing and attract new audiences, so that they may experience, enjoy and understand this exceptional heritage in original and interesting ways. Kilmartin Museum will be transformed with new visitor facilities, new interpretive learning, participatory experiences, fit for purpose accessible collections storage and innovative ways to experience the area’s heritage.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr Sharon Webb

    Museum Director and Curator who will act as project manager and archaeology, interpretation and exhibition specialist.

    Anne Smart

    Finance Director specialising in Business Planning and Fundraising.

    Cameron Bruce

    Business Development Manager assisting with Business Planning and responsible for Marketing.


Your name will be inscribed on a bronze donor's plaque in the new Museum. Contact us for more info.