Bannockburn, Stirling and Scotland’s National Museum

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On the day that the National Museum of Scotland reopens in Chambers Street, Edinburgh, there has been news lately that two other visitor attractions have received grants so that they can improve facilities for visitors.
Bannockburn will receive £10 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland to build a new visitor centre. The existing centre has been around for getting on 40 years and was in need of some updating. So it will be demolished and built anew. But there will also be improvements to the actual battlefield site as well. Perhaps, just as importantly, there will be money spent on promotion so that we know what’s there. Who knows how many battles have been fought on the soils of our countries. For most of us, all we know is a little mark on a map. For many years it wasn’t even thoroughly known where Bosworth Field was, the battle that changed English history and religion by the accession of the Tudors. So the fact that the site of Bannockburn, one of the most important in Scottish history is going to be ”improved” (whatever that means) is going to improve what the visitor sees and understands.

Culloden battlefield has undergone similar treatment and the number of us going there has increased. At present only 65,000 of us visit Bannockburn which seems an absurdly small number given its significance. With the work done at the Palace at Stirling Castle on improving and opening new areas for the visitor to go, the marketing will link Stirling, the Wallace Memorial and Bannockburn. To that could be added the Smith Art Gallery & Museum in Stirling itself which is to receive over a quarter of a million pounds to help repairs. Although the museum is nearly 140 years old, it is little known outside the immediate area. Linking it with more famous and well known attractions might encourage us to visit it as part of maybe something like a Stirling Combined Visitor Ticket.
Amongst other Scottish sites to have recently received grants are Drum Castle, Ullapool Museum, Dunoon Burgh Halls, the Haining estate and Craigston Castle estate.
As for me, I am off to join the queues to try and visit the National Museum.

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