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Tuesday 22nd December 2020
Culture Perth and Kinross have expressed delight at the news that the Stone of Destiny also known as the Stone of Scone will be returning to Perth and Kinross after an absence of over 700 years. The charity has been working with Perth and Kinross Council, who led the bid, to place the Stone of Destiny at the heart of the new Perth Museum located at Perth City Hall, due to open in 2024.
Bringing the Stone of Destiny to Perth and Kinross is a major opportunity to illuminate the rich history of the area and boost tourism and the visitor economy.
The announcement made in the Scottish Parliament earlier today was welcomed by Charles Kinnoull, Chair of the Board at Culture Perth and Kinross:
“What wonderful Christmas news for Perth. The new Perth Museum located at Perth City Hall will be an outstanding home for this precious piece of the fibre of the history of our area and the nation. The effort required to get here has been immense, led by the Council, uniting many with a common aim, and I thank and congratulate all involved.”Charles Kinnoull, Chair of the Board at Culture Perth and Kinross
Helen Smout, Chief Executive at Culture Perth and Kinross also expressed delight:
“This is excellent news and the result of a lot of work by many people over a considerable time. To bring this iconic object to Perth and tell its story in the context of a brand-new museum is so exciting for everyone involved. In what has been a challenging year, this news provides further hope for a bright, successful future for our region.”Helen Smout, Chief Executive at Culture Perth and Kinross
Work on the new Perth Museum located at Perth City Hall continues with construction due to begin in early 2021.