Salmon Fishing Museum announces opening date
A new museum dedicated to over two centuries of rod and line salmon fishing on the River Tweed in the Scottish Borders and created with the help of a £35,700 grant from the Fallago Environment Fund is set to open in Kelso next month
Created by a team of volunteer salmon fishing experts and enthusiasts from the region, the River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum will use over 2,000 objects to explore the history and heritage of salmon fishing on the Tweed.
Objects on display will range from maps, models, books, illustrations, film and photographs to rods, reels, fishing flies and a replica 19th century fishing bothy, complete with tweed-clad boatman.
Pride of place is also given to a newly-commissioned carving of a 69 ¾ lb salmon caught on the Tweed by the Earl Home circa 1735. It is the sport’s largest British salmon for which there is credible evidence.
It is hoped that as tourism resumes, the new Museum will attract over 10,000 visitors each year both from the UK and internationally.
The River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum has taken three years and over £70,000 to plan and create, with £35,700 of funding coming from the Fallago Environment Fund which shares the benefits of the Fallago Rig Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills with projects across the Scottish Borders.
The Museum has also benefitted from a £10,000 grant from the Scottish Borders Council Communities Fund as well as a number of private donations.
The attraction will be open seven days a week from Friday, September 4 and will be free of charge for visitors.
River Tweed Salmon Fishing Museum trustee, Bill Quarry said; “This Museum is a celebration of a sport whose techniques were developed right here in the Borders and which are now used and enjoyed all over the world.
“As well as highlighting the fascinating history of rod and line salmon fishing, we hope that the Museum will also help to raise awareness and appreciation of the river, its heritage and fragility and of the need for all of us to help to play our part in its conservation.”