Spending a penny does not count at Kinneil

Kinneil House
Kinneil House

Exciting times lie ahead for Kinneil Museum, despite a drop in visitor numbers to the facility.

Falkirk Community Trust which manages the museum reported the fall at a recent meeting of Falkirk Council’s scrutiny committee. In the past everyone who entered the building was counted, even if they were only there to use the toilets.

However Lesley O’Hare, culture and libraries manager at Falkirk Community Trust, said procedures for counting usage of the museum have been reviewed.

She added: “We ensure we only count visitors who actually engage with the services the museum provides.

“Our plans in 2014 to raise awareness and improve attendances at the museum include the refurbishment of the ground floor displays.

“There will also be workshops and engagement activity with school and other community groups as well as collaboration with the Friends of Kinneil to promote Festival of Museums, Kinneil House open days, and the Museum’s location on the route of the John Muir Way.”

The refurbishment of the ground floor gallery will be carried out thanks to a £44,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant.

Chairwoman of the Friends of Kinneil, Maria Ford is looking to the future for the house and museum. 
She said: “We are awaiting the report of the Kinneil Estate Management Plan and the feasibility study of Kinneil House. These both should come to fruition at the end of this month. Exciting times for Kinneil.”

Admissions to Bo’ness Recreation Centre have also fallen - with almost 9000 fewer admissions in the first quarter of 2013-14 compared to the previous year. Admissions to Bo’ness Circuit Club increased by around 1400 over the same period.