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Major Refurbishment Plans for Baird

Councillor Kathy Morrice, Spokesperson for Community Wellbeing said: “The refurbishment will create an expansion of the display area to almost double its current size with new gallery spaces and improved lighting systems. The areas will house Cumnock-related displays allowing local people to explore their history. Exciting new education and learning access areas are also planned and loans have been secured from National Museum Scotland which will go on display when the venue reopens in late summer of 2009.

Major restorative work will be carried out on the building itself with repairs to the roof and stonework, the lift will be improved giving enhanced disabled access and the mosaic in the entrance hall will be refurbished by a specialist team to the same standard as the recent works carried out at The Dick in Kilmarnock. The gardens and surrounds will also be upgraded to improve the overall look of the area and enhanced storage areas within the museum will allow the museum’s collections to be kept in optimum condition.

Would customers please note that the Library Heritage Service currently provided in the Baird Institute will transfer to the Burns Monument Centre in Kilmarnock when it opens late in 2008. The ground-breaking Centre will offer a unique facility for ancestral tourists and will house an archival area designed to restore and preserve our most delicate historical documents in climate controlled conditions.

Customers can currently access local history material in Cumnock Library and local and family history material is available in the Dick Institute, Kilmarnock. Please contact Anne Geddes, Heritage Services Librarian, on 01563 554326 with any queries regarding these services.