Museum will be ‘less likely’ to help Council in future

Elgin Museum - less likely to assist Council in future
Elgin Museum – less likely to assist Council in future

ELGIN MUSEUM WILL survive despite the major funding snub by Councillors that cast doubt over its future this week.

That was the message from the President of the Moray Society, who were left disappointed that their bid for funding over the next three years was controversially dismissed.

The Society leader and Lord Lieutenant for Moray, Grenville Johnston, said that the decision was particularly difficult coming as it did after years of close cooperation between Moray Council and the Society.

Mr Johnstone said that it now appeared “less likely” that the museum would be willing to help the local authority with their various drivers.

“We found the council’s decision hugely disappointing,” Mr Johnston said, adding: “We have had a good relationship with Moray Council dating back 20 years. The museum has been particularly helpful with schools, so it is disappointing that they were not willing to support us.

“We may now have to be a bit more commercial in our approach – and perhaps charge to help with local authority schemes we previously would have offered for free.

“The Moray Society will be doing its best to keep the museum open by applying for grants and consulting other businesses, any question of our demise is slightly exaggerated because we will just buckle down and see what we can do.”