£500k improvement project to develop Banchory Museum and Library planned for summer 2020

Live Life Aberdeenshire, part of Aberdeenshire Council, is due to transform the existing library and museum in Banchory into a culture and visitor centre with a £500,000 investment.

The majority of the costs are being funded through the Scottish Government’s Town Centre Fund, with the building work due to go ahead during this summer.

Key aspects of the new facility will be vastly improved access between the two floors through the installation of a lift, together with a redesign of the building to allow it to deliver a far wider range of cultural services on both floors.

The existing library and museum will deliver an enhanced service on site, with the building expected to showcase a wider selection of local artefacts on a permanent basis.

Staff will be holding a drop-in engagement event on Tuesday, February 11, from 2.30pm-6.30pm in the library and museum, when the plans will be unveiled. All members of the public are invited to share their thoughts on the resources they would like to see in the upgraded building.

Chair off Aberdeenshire Council’s Culture and Sport Sub-Committee, David Cook, said: “We are really pleased to be able to develop these well-loved local facilities in such a way that they improve existing services, building access and providing excellent opportunities for new cultural opportunities in Banchory.

“We are really looking forward to showcasing our plans and hope that lots of people will come along and tell us what they think of the them so we can move forward with the best design possible.”

Sub-Committee vice-chair Cllr Anne Simpson said: “This is a great opportunity for the community to see how we plan to build on the good work done by the library and museum to make the centre more accessible with a broader range of services. 

“We are confident his investment will encourage existing users to visit more often and see others visit for the first time, as well as promoting Banchory and its history.”