Abbotsford visitor centre opening

-1 Abbotsford visitor centre opening  – The Abbotsford Trust has announced that the new Abbotsford Visitor Centre at the Scottish Borders home of Sir Walter Scott near Melrose will open to the public on August 20.

The opening will mark a significant step in the multi-million pound regeneration of Abbotsford into a world-class visitor attraction and centre of learning about Scott and his works, which included Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and Waverley.

His novels and poems were translated into over 30 languages and were responsible for bringing Scotland to the attention of the world.

The new Abbotsford Visitor Centre will contain a beautifully-designed interpretation area that will chart Scott’s life, influences and literary and cultural legacy.  It will include objects, books and works of art, many of which will be on display for the first time.

The Abbotsford Visitor Centre will also feature a shop and a restaurant overlooking the main house, which is currently being refurbished and will re-open in 2013.

Jason Dyer, Chief Executive, The Abbotsford Trust said: “We’re looking forward to telling Scott’s story in a modern and dynamic way which we hope will encourage new audiences to learn about the man, his work and his immense cultural and literary legacy, both in Scotland and around the globe.”

Over £12 million has been raised to date as part of The Abbotsford Trust’s campaign to save Abbotsford.

Major funders include the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Scottish Government and Historic Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Enterprise, as well as a number of private individuals and charitable trusts. Fundraising for the project remains ongoing, with an additional £2.5 million required for an endowment that will guarantee Abbotsford’s future.

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What’s in a name: Conservator Joanna Cook examines the signature of Charles Dickens in one of the visitors books at Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford home in the Scottish Borders.  The visitors books, which include names such as Oscar Wilde, Charlotte Bronte and former US President Ulysses S Grant, will go on show in the historic attraction’s new Visitor Centre which will open its doors to the public on Monday 20 August.

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