Museum saved from closure by budget transfer

Halliwell's House Museum & Robson Gallery in Selkirk.
Halliwell's House Museum & Robson Gallery in Selkirk.
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THE council has been forced into moving cash from one budget to another to avoid the closure of Halliwell’s House Museum and visitor information centre in 
Selkirk.

The revelation emerged in budget papers for the executive committee meeting on Tuesday.

The documents state that £5,200 has been transferred from the Central Community Services budget to the museums service to allow Halliwell’s House Museum to remain open in 13/14.

The council confirmed that this was to provide essential services to the required level.

A spokesman added: “The visitor information centre is now staffed by SBC staff in partnership with VisitScotland, who provide an ongoing commitment to training the Halliwell’s House staff and provision of VisitScotland information, however there are still budget pressures to ensure that service is delivered, which falls to SBC.”

The Southern was told by the council’s cultural services manager Ian Brown that the £5,200 is the first of several transfers which will be required.

The museum has various exhibits on the history of Selkirk, including its links with William Wallace and also Flodden.