Almond Valley Heritage Centre Named Scottish Museum Of The Year

By Mark McLaughlin | 20 November 2002
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Lady Balfour congratulates the many winners.

Left: Lady Balfour congratulates the many winners. Photo: James Williamson.

Almond Valley Heritage Centre has been named Scottish Museum of the Year 2002.

The Livingston-based museum traces the history of West Lothian from before the dinosaurs to early twentieth century life, centred around the 200-year-old Livingston Mill.

Lady Balfour of Burleigh, Chairperson of the awards body, presented Almond Valley with the Countess of Perth Award - a decorative vase mounted on a wooden plinth inscribed with each year's winners.

"The hard work of the trust and staff at Almond Valley is evident in everything that the centre has achieved in the past year," said Lady Balfour.

Robin Chesters Director of the Almond Valley Heritage Trust and Lady Balfour of Burleigh, Chair of the Scottish Museum of the Year Award.

Right: Robin Chesters, Director of the Almond Valley Heritage Trust and Lady Balfour of Burleigh, Chair of the Scottish Museum of the Year Award. Photo: James Williamson.

Other awards included the Cramond Award for promoting access by visitors with communication or learning difficulties, which went to Discovery Point.

This Dundee based exhibition recreates the voyages of the Royal Research Ship Discovery, which was built to take Captain Scott to the Antarctic. This exhibition also received a special commendation.

The People Story Museum in Edinburgh received the Special Award for Raise the Banners High, a catalogue of 143 historical banners. The catalogue includes the origins, history and conservation of the banners in the museum's collection.

Finally, special commendations went to The Museum of the Isles, which traces the story of the Clan Donald, and the publication Orkney and the Sea - An Oral History, which captures a century of life in the Orkney Isles.

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