Edinburgh Royal Mile

Acheson House

Museum of Edinburgh

Acheson House in the Royal Mile, almost opposite Canongate Tolbooth, is an A-listed building, built in 1633 for Sir Archibald Acheson, Secretary of State for Scotland.

The house was last used in 1992 when it was The Scottish Craft Centre.  It is now in a poor state of repair and has been added to  Scottish Civic Trust 's Buildings at Risk Register. 

There have been proposals in recent years to refurbish Acheson House and use it as an extension to the Museum of Edinbrugh, next door, but these have not gone ahead due to lack  lack of funds.

However, a new review is to be carried out on behalf of the council over the  next few months, looking into the possibility of  refurbish both Acheson House and the Museum of Edinburgh, formerly Huntly House Museum, to provide a larger museum with more exhibition space.

The cost of refurbishing  Acheson House has been estimated at 10m.  It is anticipated that funding for the refurbishment will be sought from the National Lottery Fund.

Edinburgh Evening News:  September 25, 2007:  p.11



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