BUCCLEUCH’S Queensberry Estate has concluded the sale of Wanlockhead’s former bowling green and clubhouse to the village’s Museum Trust.
The 3.5acre site has been purchased by the Wanlockhead Museum Trust for use as an educational facility and store for museum artefacts.
With an increasing amount of museum objects coming into the Trust’s possession, the Trust were keen to utilise the space available on site.
The Trust will also be looking to make improvements to the building in order that it can be used as a classroom facility and hub for visiting groups of schoolchildren and in doing so, increase knowledge about the history of Wanlockhead.
Also included in the purchase is the car parking area to the rear of the bowling green that can be used for cars and buses parking to visit the museum, the mine and the library.
Queensberry Estate manager, Alan Nisbet, said he was pleased that the estate could help to facilitate the work of the Museum Trust.
Alan Nisbet said: “Wanlockhead Museum Trust and its volunteers has been undertaking some outstanding work promoting the culture and heritage of the village to local schoolchildren and visitors to the region.
“The estate enjoys regular discussions with many different groups in the local community and the Trust provided a clear vision on how they believed the building and associated land could be used that would benefit young people and the local area overall.
“We are pleased to be able to sell them this land and hope it will flourish under their stewardship. The estate is happy to divest or lease land where the appropriate opportunity comes up for the community to achieve its ambitions, and we are in dialogue with several stakeholders including the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway about this.
“We have supported the Wanlockhead Museum Trust for many years and will continue to offer any assistance we can for this project.”
Wanlockhead Museum Trust chair, Jon Evans, said that he is delighted with the support being offered by the Buccleuch Queensberry Estate in assisting the Trust achieve the goals set out in their action plan.
Jon Evans said: “The Wanlockhead Museum Trust identified as long ago as 2013 that more space was needed in order to provide the best possible storage for its artefacts and also the best service to the local community and the general public.”
“In recent times, we have received many requests to study our archive material and unfortunately we have no available secure space.
“Thanks to this purchase, we hope in the near future that we will be able to welcome individual researchers, schools, colleges and universities to the village and without making too much impact on the current environs.”
“We look forward to the opportunity to work with the Village Council and other local organisations, including educational centres to research and preserve the unique history of Wanlockhead.”
For more information, visit www.scottishlandandestates.co.uk
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