Funding granted for Great Tapestry’s home in Galashiels



A visitor centre in Galashiels has been granted extra funding for specialist display cabinets for The Great Tapestry of Scotland.

Due to open later this year, the centre has been recommended for support of £316,000 to allow the cases to be constructed in the building.

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The report states the cabinets “allow for the true interpretation of the story of Scotland” therefore are arguably the most important part of the whole construction.


The cost for the cabinets “exceeds the estimate allowance set within the project budget”, however the report states that their design is integral to maximise the impact of the tapestry.

Sandy Maxwell-Forbes, Tapestry Centre Director said: “It fills me with pride to see the Great Tapestry of Scotland’s new interactive visitor centre and exhibition space develop.

“You can already get a real sense of just how transformational it will be.


“I am incredibly excited, and my excitement only builds as I speak to so many others who are also looking forward to its opening, including global tour operators who have expressed great interest in bringing visitors here and those we have already met on our Welcome Panel Tour.”

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Construction began last year, but has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The centre, which is predicted to open this year, is set to bring 50,000 visitors to Galashiels each year, as well as create 16 jobs.

It is expected that the 2021 Spring opening will not go ahead as planned, however an opening date will be announced “as soon as practical”


Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Economic Regeneration and Finance said:

“While Covid-19 saw construction put on hold for a period, the team has worked incredibly hard to get the building in a position where it should still be ready to open this year.

“The day we open its doors for the first time will be a strong symbol of regeneration for Borders-wide tourism from the ravages that Covid-19 have had on such a key industry for our region.”


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