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Less than a year to go on Royal Museum, Edinburgh

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on October 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

It’s all go in Edinburgh if you’re a supplier to the heritage sector.

I wrote an article 18 months ago about the redevelopment work taking place at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh. As we were preparing for the launch of the first Museum [Insider] ebook recently, we decided to revisit some of the stories in the publication, to bring them right up to date. Some pieces only needed a few details adding in – new project plans, revised budgets, etc – but the Royal Museum project has moved on so much, we decided to completely re-write it – the resulting article is live on Museum [Insider] today.

Work is progressing well at the site – in fact there’s now less than a year to go until the £46.4 million project opens to the public and the building is looking magnificent. There’s been a complete transformation of the museum with new galleries, open spaces and visitor facilities, including a brand new arrivals hall.

The project attracted further attention recently when Scottish philanthropist Dr Walter Scott donated £1million to the project. The new galleries open in summer 2011.

We’re looking forward to a trip to Scotland to see the redevelopment at the Royal Museum and also the revamped Scottish National Portrait Gallery, which opens in November 2011. With many museums currently aiming to be open in time for the Olympics in 2012, Edinburgh is clearly well ahead of the game.

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