the guide Summer 2017 - Page 18

M U S E U M S | D E AN CAST L E IMPORTANT: Please visit: the website before you make your journey for the most up-to-date information. East Ayrshire Council, supported by East Ayrshire Leisure, were recently awarded £1.5M from Heritage Lottery Fund towards the restoration and modernisation of Dean Castle. The project, due to run between 2017 and 2020, has a total cost of £5.2M, with funding of £500K also secured from Historic Environment Scotland, and the remainder coming from East Ayrshire Council. The funding will allow essential stonework DEAN CASTLE COUNTRY PARK DEAN RD, KILMARNOCK KA3 1XB T: 01563 554736 PARK AND GROUNDS OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND. CASTLE AND VISITOR CENTRE OPEN: 1 APR - OCT: 11AM - 5PM (DAILY) Access is limited to areas of the castle 18 restoration to the external fabric of the castle buildings to be carried out, alongside the internal modernisation and redisplay of our world-class museum collections and exhibition areas. The funding will also support a range of apprenticeship and learning programmes around the stonework restoration and collection conservation aspects of the project. Alongside the £3.4M awarded from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2015 to develop the Dean Castle Country Park, the aim is to create a fully integrated, five-star visitor attraction that encourages many more people to visit the Castle to enjoy and learn from its fascinating heritage, bringing economic benefit to the area. Throughout the summer you can see some of the plans for the redevelopments on display in the Banqueting Hall, and you can have your say on what you might like to see and do in the Castle in the future. You can also find out how to get involved in the project – from volunteering and internship opportunities, to museum collections workshops and talks, and specialist visits for you and your groups. eastayrshireleisure.com