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Clock ticking for repair work to museum tower

Eyemouth museum clock tower

Eyemouth museum clock tower

With all the necessary funding in place, work is due to start next month on repairing the clock tower at Eyemouth Museum.

And museum trustees have been boosted by the fact that while the improvements are going on, Scottish Borders Council will replace the clock face itself.

By museum manager Lynne Bogle’s own admission, the clock tower has been in need of a facelift for sometime, with parts of it falling into a bad state of disrepair.

“The masonry really needs improving,” she told ‘The Berwickshire.’

“Bits have been falling off and during the storms we had at the start of December a large chunk fell off; it’s just as well no-one was about at the time.

“The main priority for the works is to tidy the tower up a bit and make it safe.”

The money for the £15,000 repair job was obtained with a grant from the Landfill Tax Fund and while they are being carried out the new clock will be installed by Scottish Borders Council, meaning everything should be in top condition for when the museum opens for its new season on April 1.

And after a busy 2013, Lynne has already got a packed calendar lined up for visitors this year.

“One of the first events we’ve got is a ‘Night at the Museum’ evening where people can come in and have a look at some of the artefacts we’ve got in storage.

“Only about a quarter of what we have is actually on show in the museum so it’ll be a great opportunity for people to maybe find things out that they didn’t already know or reminisce about days gone by and things their relatives did.

“I want to try and get across to people that the museum and its contents are for the town; I’d like people to take some ownership as it would be a great shame if the museum was to fold and all the artefacts were taken out of Eyemouth.”

During last year the museum’s top floor hosted work by a variety of artists and Lynne is keen to have work on display again through 2014.

“The idea I’ve got is to have two walls dedicated to art and the other two to artefacts that haven’t been on display before.

“And we’ll also have the opening of our 3D booth about Eyemouth Fort. We saw a mock up of it last week and we’re all really excited about it.”

*If you’d like to display some of your art at Eyemouth Museum contact Lynne Bogle at manager@eyemouthmuseum.co.uk.

 

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