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Kinneil House is on A-list

Kinneil House, Boness.

Kinneil House, Boness.

The historic Kinneil House is opening its doors for free tours tomorrow (Saturday).

The A-Listed mansion - which boasts some of the best Renaissance wall paintings in Scotland - will be open from 10am-noon. The house, in Kinneil Estate, dates back to the 15th century and was home to the powerful Dukes of 
Hamilton.

The open morning has been organised by the charity The Friends of Kinneil, in conjunction with Historic Scotland, to tie in with Festival of Silent Cinema, taking place at the nearby Bo’ness Hippodrome.

Maria Ford, chairwoman of the Friends of Kinneil, said: “With lots of visitors coming to the town for the Festival, we thought it was a good idea to open Kinneil House at the same time.

‘‘The morning opening will allow Festival-goers the chance to have a quick tour of this wonderful building and then go to the movies later in the day.

‘‘Like the Hippodrome, Kinneil House is an A-listed building and a magnificent place to visit.”

In the nearby Kinneil Museum there will be a tribute to the original owner/manager of the Hippodrome, filmmaker Louis Dickson.

The museum is presenting a collection of films, made by Louis, of the Bo’ness Fair.

The museum also houses the exhibition ‘‘2000 Years of History’’ telling the story of the park from Roman times to the present day. The museum is open Monday to Saturday, 12.30-4pm.

Saturday’s Kinneil event is one of eight open days planned for 2014.

To find out more visit www.kinneil.org.uk

 

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