Bute Museum open day on Saturday

Bute Museum will open its doors, free of charge, this Saturday, July 5, from 10.30am to 8.30pm.
Bute Museum will open its doors, free of charge, this Saturday, July 5, from 10.30am to 8.30pm.

Entry to Bute Museum in Rothesay is free this Saturday, July 5, as the organisation’s trustees seek the help of members of the public in shaping plans for the building’s expansion.

As we reported in our June 20 issue, the museum’s trustees are hoping to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to extend the upper floor of the building, located in Rothesay’s Stuart Street, and to open up the present archive and meeting room on the ground floor for greater community use.

The museum will be open from 10.30am until 8.30pm this Saturday - staying open five hours later than normal - and volunteer staff will be on hand throughout the day to hear the thoughts of the public on how the expanded museum might be used.

The museum was opened in 1926, but the cost of insulating the building and protecting its roof against leaks is becoming increasingly prohibitive.

The proposed expansion would also include a new roof, additional toilet facilities, disabled access provision and additional storage space.