£11.3m boost for Capital’s culture sites

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THE National Library of Scotland is among local properties set to benefit from £11.3 million of funding announced by the Scottish Government.

The additional funding for “shovel-ready” projects was announced by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop yesterday.

The minister said it would not only boost the Scottish economy but bring social and community benefits across Scotland.

Support for cultural projects covers an energy-saving maintenance project at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh, internal and external maintenance of National Library of Scotland premises, and roof repairs at the National Records of Scotland building in Sighthill.

Ms Hyslop said: “Scotland is known around the world for its rich culture and heritage. These sectors attract thousands of visitors to our shores each year, supporting jobs and generating billions of pounds for the Scottish economy.

“Creative Scotland’s capital programme invests in facilities, refurbishments and equipment, improving access, presentation and enjoyment of the arts and culture all round Scotland. Additional funding of £3m over the next three years will help [it] to support even more projects.”