Bute Museum ‘open for business’ over Easter

Bute Museum will be open to the public throughout the Easter holiday weekend after emergency repairs were completed.
Bute Museum will be open to the public throughout the Easter holiday weekend after emergency repairs were completed.

After several weeks of disruption, including a couple of unscheduled closures, Bute Museum will be open to the public over the Easter weekend.

Summer opening times will apply throughout the weekend, meaning that visitors can enjoy the Museum from 10.30am till 3.30pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Monday, while on Easter Sunday the Museum will be open from 1.30pm until 3.30pm.

Dawn Collis from Bute Museum told The Buteman: “The Trustees of the Museum wish to apologise to anyone who came to the Museum and found it closed on what should have been a normal opening day over the past three weeks. This was because of necessary emergency repairs needed in the building.

“The problem came to light when work was being undertaken to spruce up the toilet in the Museum. It was discovered that there was extensive dry rot, that had spread, insidiously under the plasterwork.

“The workmen have been brilliant in working around both visitors and volunteers thus enabled the Museum to keep going apart from two days when work in the front lobby made it unsafe to allow visitors access to the building.

“The work is now almost complete and it is not anticipated there will be any further disruption.

“This current problem is symptomatic of the issues faced by the Trustees in trying to keep an old building in good repair and is part of the reason for the desire to secure funding to improve the building.

“Like almost every museum in the country Bute Museum costs far more to operate than it manages to raise in entrance money and sales.

“As the Museum receives no income from either government or the local authority the deficit is covered by donations from benefactors including the Friends of Bute Museum, lots of voluntary work and careful husbanding of resources.

“The Trustees are currently trying to raise funds for a repair that will double the outgoings for the current financial year.

“In the meantime both residents and visitors can come and enjoy what has been described by Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, as the ‘best small museum in Scotland’.”