£395k to promote Roman heritage in the south of Scotland.
A specialist Roman history museum in the borders town of Melrose is to be expanded and refurbished so that it can display more exhibits.
The investment in the Trimontium Museum – which is receiving a £394,902 grant – is expected to lead to a large increase in tourism to Melrose.
The Trimontium Trust has been awarded the grant from the South of Scotland Economic Partnership (SOSEP) to help towards a refurbishment project with a total cost of over £1.25 million.
The funding will be used to develop a learning programme which will enable visitors to contribute to archaeological research.
Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said:
“This funding will allow the Trimontium Trust to expand on the great work it is already doing to promote the rich Roman and Iron Age history of the Scottish Borders.
“The refurbishment of the museum will allow the Trust to display more artefacts from the local area and improve the visitor experience.
“Our tourism industry plays a vital part in the Scottish economy. People choose to visit Scotland for our culture, heritage and scenery. This SOSEP funding in the South of Scotland will help support and maximise the economic potential of that region.”
Dr John Reid, Chair of the Trimontium Trust said:
"Newstead Roman Fort, lies in an area incredibly rich in historical heritage. The Trimontium Trust has been proud to share its story for over twenty-five years from our small museum in Melrose overlooked by the ancient hillfort on Eildon Hill. "