Colin Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, celebrated Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology with a recent visit to the Dalkeith Museum. Located within the Dalkeith Corn Exchange building, the museum has become an historic landmark for the city.
The Dalkeith Corn Exchange was the largest grain market in Scotland when it opened, but in more recent years, the building sat vacant. In 2012, Melville Housing Association received the Heritage Lottery Fund and additional support from Historic Scotland, allowing the building to be refurbished and turned into offices and a new museum.
Mr Beattie’s visit to the museum was part of a co-ordinated series of visits across Scotland to help promote local facilities. Museum & Galleries Scotland co-ordinated the event, and participants included Dalkeith History Society and ArtLink.
The MSP said: “I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to tour the museum with Museum & Galleries Scotland. This visit opened my eyes to the incredible and diverse work that museums do in the community. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to speak in Parliament regarding Visit Scotland’s theme for 2017, Year of History, Heritage and Architecture, and I feel that this visit was a wonderful way to acknowledge the contribution that Dalkeith makes in each of these categories.
“This year is a time to learn about and celebrate our country’s past, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this visit. I hope that others will join me in celebrating our wonderful country!”