Fergusson welcomes National Museum U-turn on Whithorn loan

MSP Alex Fergusson
MSP Alex Fergusson

Galloway MSP Alex Fergusson has welcomed the news that the National Museum of Scotland will honour its agreement with the Whithorn Trust to provide an annual loan of significant importance after all.

Speaking from the Scottish Parliament earlier today, Mr Fergusson said: “I am delighted that my intervention with the Cabinet Secretary for Culture appears to have brought about such a rapid change in the National Museum’s position. It appears that, despite at least two e-mailed responses to the Trust which categorically stated that there would be no loan in 2015, there has been a ‘misunderstanding’ within NMS, and the agreement is to be honoured after all. That is exactly as it should be and, although this situation should never have arisen in the first place, I am happy to welcome the change in NMS’s position. The Whithorn Trust can now plan its programme for 2015 with confidence and continue the enormously successful renaissance of the Trust, whose very existence was in jeopardy only a few months ago. I hope the quality of the loan will reflect the great work being done by the Trust and the people of Whithorn.”