The Borders cultural heritage takes centre stage

A cultural strategy is currently being drawn up for the Borders and consultants are spending the next three months gathering information.

Consultants, Noble Openshaw, have been commissioned by Scottish Borders Council to draw up the strategy; and Creative Scotland is funding them to spend the next three months in the region looking at its heritage of music, stories, and traditions, its historic landscapes and buildings, and its towns and villages that have retained their strong, individual characters.

The region’s artists, craftsmen and women, performers, writers, musicians, businesses, galleries, festivals and publishers will be the key focus of the consultant’s work.

Noble Openshaw plan four public consultation events - in Hawick, Galashiels, Peebles and Kelso - as well as analysis of recent reports, online debates and discussions, one-to-one conversations and a range of workshops and meetings.

Scottish Borders Council executive member for culture, Vicky Davidson, said: “I’m grateful to Creative Scotland for funding the consultation and preparation of a new culture strategy for the Borders. It will allow us to drive forward new developments and support the rich variety of expert practitioners we are lucky to have based here in the Borders.

“It is also the first step towards drawing down further Creative Scotland funding which started this year through a collaboration between Creative Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

“I’m delighted that Noble Openshaw have been able to start work so quickly and I would encourage everyone with an interest in the future of arts and culture, heritage, tourism and creative business in the Borders to come along to the consultation events and feed into the strategy as it develops.”