Extended opening hours for museum celebrating Borders sporting legend

Following an overwhelming response from the public, the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum has announced it will be extending its opening hours from Monday, August 24.

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 5:10 pm
Jim Clark in action

The Duns museum – currently open Friday, Saturday and Sunday – reopened its doors following lockdown on July 18, just over a year after it was launched, and has been encouraged by positive ticket sales and feedback from the public.

“Since then, we have seen good demand and positive feedback on the experience we offer,” said curator Shona Sinclair.

“Based on the enthusiastic response to the limited ticketing offer we reopened the museum with, we have increased opportunities to visit by adding a Monday opening to our weekly offering, from August 24.

“By opening on Mondays, we hope to will appeal to a wide range of visitors, from holidaymakers to those living in the community, extending opportunities for booking over a long weekend.

“We have had a large number of days completely booked out, which is great, and plenty of interest in booking for visits in the months ahead which are now available online.”

Visitors will be able to enjoy a new audio-visual display at the museum that gives more information, images and film footage of the two cars currently on display – both of which were driven by Jim Clark during his racing career. These are a Lotus 25 on loan from Museum Tinguely in Switzerland and Dario Franchitti’s ex-Jim Clark Lotus Cortina.

Celebrating the life and career of Jim Clark, Scotland’s first Formula 1 World Champion and one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, the museum showcases his life in the Borders, his incredible career, and his reputation as a gentleman.

The permanent display includes cars, films, photographs, and Clark’s trophies.

New for 2020, is ‘Clark on Canvas’ – an exhibition of artworks of the Jim Clark era of motor racing produced by members of the Guild of Motoring Artists, an international guild dedicated to automotive art. Visitors will be able to admire over 20 different paintings by artists from around the world.

Opening times from Monday, August 24: Friday & Saturday: 10am-4pm (closed 12.15pm-1.15pm). Sunday: 1pm-4pm. Monday: 10am-4pm (closed 12.15pm-1.15pm).

A limited number of tickets are available for advanced booking in 20-minute intervals each day to ensure visitors are able to enjoy the museum safely.

Tickets must be booked in advance via www.jcmm.org.uk. Pay once, visit throughout the year for free.

The Jim Clark Motorsport Museum was delivered by Scottish Borders Council, charity Live Borders, The Jim Clark Trust and the Jim Clark Memorial Room Trust.

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