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Article published 21/04/2022

On Thursday 21 April the Trimontium Museum in Melrose will be officially opened by HRH Duke of Gloucester, Patron of the Trimontium Trust with invited guests at the museum.

The new Trimontium Museum opened its doors to visitors on 2 August 2021 following a £1.4 million transformation but due to Covid restrictions there has been no fanfare to mark the occasion until now.

Over 5,000 visitors have visited the Museum since August 2021 with rave reviews about the makeover from the old museum space to the stunning modern gallery which houses one of the finest collections of Roman military objects on display anywhere in the UK.

This renovation was made possible thanks to the support and funding from multiple organisations & individuals including, The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Scottish Borders Council, Live Borders, South of Scotland Enterprise, Scottish Government, National Museums Scotland & Museums and Galleries Scotland and many years of dedicated meticulous planning, hard work and fundraising from the Trust.

Trimontium Gallery

The re-opening of the Trimontium Museum last year was a fantastic boost to the region’s tourism offering after a very challenging two years for the industry.

It is great to hear that this unique visitor attraction has attracted so many visitors through its doors and is already playing an important role in supporting the economic recovery of the South of Scotland.

Tourism is a force for good. It creates jobs, sustains communities and contributes significantly to the economy.

Annique Armstrong, VisitScotland interim Regional Director

What's happening?

The official opening day will be a celebration of Trimontium with the focus of events at Abbey House from 11am on Thursday 21 April.

The Antonine Guard will be marching around Melrose, the Time Bandits living history group telling stories relating to Trimontium  and volunteers from the Museum will be on hand to tell visitors more about the history of Tirmontium, there will be artefacts to touch and family activities.

Visit the museum

The museum is now open daily for the spring and summer with an online booking system which also allows for drop-in visitors.

The Trust runs guided fort and town trail history walks and a series of online talks. More information about these and other associated events and activities focusing on archaeology and the local heritage landscape can be found on the museum website.

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