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Abbotsford announces visitor centre opening date

26 July 2012

Abbotsford announces visitor centre opening date

The Abbotsford Trust has announced an opening date for the new Abbotsford Visitor Centre.

The Abbotsford Trust has announced an opening date for its new visitor centre at Abbotsford, the Scottish Borders home of Sir Walter Scott. The centre will open to the public on 20 August 2012 and is the latest step in the multi-million pound regeneration of Abbotsford into a visitor attraction and centre of learning about the life and work of Sir Walter Scott, whose works include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy and Waverley.

The visitor centre contains a newly-designed interpretation area that charts Scott's life, influences and literary and cultural legacy, with objects, books and works of art on display to the public for the first time. The main house, where Scott lived, is currently being refurbished and will re-open in 2013.

Jason Dyer, chief executive at the Abbotsford Trust, said: 'We’re looking forward to telling Scott’s story in a modern and dynamic way which we hope will encourage new audiences to learn about the man, his work and his immense cultural and literary legacy, both in Scotland and around the globe.'

Over £12 million has been raised to date as part of The Abbotsford Trust’s campaign to save Abbotsford. Major funders include the Heritage Lottery Fund, The Scottish Government and Historic Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Enterprise, as well as a number of private individuals and charitable trusts. Fundraising for the project remains ongoing, with an additional £2.5 million required for an endowment that will guarantee Abbotsford’s future.

For more information, visit the Abbotsford Trust website.

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