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22 March 2016

MSP Visits Portsoy Salmon Bothy to See Achievements and Find Out About Challenges and Future Plans

Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, and Jacqueline Hay of Museums Galleries Scotland (MGS) visited Portsoy Salmon Bothy as part of a series of MSP visits to museums organised by MGS. The museums national development body has invited all of Scotland’s MSPs to champion their local museums by experiencing first-hand their achievements and challenges.
Dr Anne McArthur from the Salmon Bothy said:

“We are delighted to welcome Stewart Stevenson MSP and the representative from Museums Galleries Scotland to our museum. We have recently been awarded accreditation by MGS and are pleased to have them at our volunteer training day as we prepare for the new season.

“We are an enthusiastic group of volunteers but we continually face the challenge of acquiring new recruits for the museum rota. We hope that this visit will help encourage new volunteers to get involved.”

MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

"Our local museums play a tremendously important role as the custodians of our civic heritage, but should also be places of fun and learning where younger generations engage with their history.

"The Portsoy Salmon Bothy has become one of the focal points in the area for a great many social and cultural events. Linked to the museum on the ground floor of the building, this makes it a tremendous asset for the Banffshire Coast both for tourists and locals alike.”

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“Museums play a vital role in the lives of individuals, families and communities across Scotland. Their learning and outreach work bridge inequalities in education and mental and physical health provision. They enhance the experience of visitors to Scotland and bring a positive economic impact. They connect people with their community.”

“As difficult decisions are being made about budgets across the country it is vital that the true value of the sector is understood and that is why we have organised these visits.”

MGS delivers strategic development support to a sector of over 450 museums and galleries. MGS will be visiting other museums and galleries with MSPs across Scotland over the coming months.

Last year the Salmon Bothy had to reduce their opening hours from six days to four as volunteers retired or moved away. This year they will open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2.00pm-4.00pm and by appointment.
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