Good year for the museum

AS another season comes to an end for The Museum Newton Stewart you may have noticed that the Museum is undergoing a bit of a face-lift.

Thanks to the generosity of Mr David Inglis who donated black paint, the railings fronting the Museum have been scoured and repainted, the elbow grease being supplied by The Criminal Justice Board. The doors have been repainted – courtesy of two of the Museum’s volunteers, together with the sign over the entrance gates; the shed also has been repaired and coated with a suitable mixture and the yew tree has been trimmed back which has stopped a lot of water ingress, also volunteer handiwork. The gardens also are being regularly kept in check and maintained. The planters left by Cree Valley Community Woodland Trust have now been stuffed with daffodils etc which should make for a good spring display.

It has been a good year for group tours, so if you belong to a group and would like to have a personalised tour just ask any committee member who will put you in touch with the secretary. Genealogy is also very popular with several visitors from the USA tracing their ancestors.

The World War One exhibition is ongoing and will be in place for some time to come so if you have not been in to see it, there is still time. All exhibits have been donated locally. Visitors have been coming in from far and wide with many complementary remarks being made.

The Museum is looking to spread the net even wider for their next season, more far reaching advertising, a dedicated website which is in the throes of completion and should be up and running shortly, a redesigned brochure which will be distributed as widely as possible. If you have any comments or suggestions please do not hesitate to talk to a committee member. You can do this at the annual general meeting which is to be held in The Belted Galloway (in the town car park) [by courtesy of Mr Gordon Andrews] on Wednesday 26th November at 2.30pm.