Talks ‘progressing’ on Custom House museum plans

Campaigners are hoping to transform Customs House in Leith into a Leith Museum. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor.

Campaigners are hoping to transform Customs House in Leith into a Leith Museum. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor.

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TALKS on turning the historic Custom House in Leith into a museum for the port are ­progressing well, according to the Capital’s culture convener Richard Lewis.

The city council wants to purchase the A-listed building for up to £650,000 from the National Museums of Scotland, who have been using it for storage, but no longer need to use it.

A bid from the council was submitted in time to prevent it being put on the open market and now negotiations are under way over details of the sale agreement.

Councillor Lewis said: “The initial concern was to make sure it did not go on open sale and we have managed to secure that. Subject to ­appropriate due diligence surveys of Custom House and joint agreement of terms of process, the council intends to purchase the building and with the support of Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, see it transformed into a Museum for Leith.”