Jim Clark Museum options to be studied

Jim Clark showroom
Jim Clark showroom
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An enhanced Jim Clark Museum would be good for Duns, but opinion is divided about where it should be located – its current site or the old high school as originally planned.

Jim Clark Room trustees Ian Scott-Watson and Bernard Buss have contacted Duns Community Council suggesting that developing the existing site would be preferable to moving the museum up to the old high school, which is also being developed to accommodate Duns Primary School.

However, Duns Community Council says it is “inclined to agree with the proposed move to the old high school”.

A spokeperson for Scottish Borders Council, which owns the current Jim Clark Room building at the old high school building, said: “From a property perspective, the current Scottish Borders Council policy is to use the technical block at the former high school and the allocation in the council’s capital plan provides funding to create the new museum at the former high school site.

“However, the council and the trustees are aware there is an alternative view that suggests redeveloping the existing site.

“Further work round examining both of these options will be undertaken in 2014.

The council is making more than £500,000 available for a five-year plan to develop the Jim Clark Musuem into a major tourist attraction, a plan that has the support of some of the biggest names in the world of motorsport, including Sir Jackie Stewart.

Plans to open the museum with an expanded collection of memorabilia at the old Berwickshire High School were unveiled by The Jim Clark Trust after Scottish Borders Council agreed to make a capital funding investment of more than £500,000.

Trustees hope the new museum may be able to house and display up 30 of Clark’s former cars for six months of the year.