Rugby Visitor Centre For Scottish Borders Discussed

Written by on January 10, 2018

A major new rugby visitor centre could be created in the Scottish Borders.

A feasibility study will look at setting up the facility in Hawick to house artefacts belonging to its rugby club and the Bill McLaren Foundation.

It will look at a range of options from simply digitising the material up to the creation of a visitor centre.

Hawick Rugby Club (HRC) president John Thorburn said the prospect was “exciting for the club, the town and rugby supporters everywhere”.

Bill McLaren
Rugby commentator Bill McLaren was an “inveterate collector”, his daughter said

The study has been made possible by funding from SSE and Clyde Wind Farm Ltd to help appoint Inverness-based consultants Alan Jones Associates.

HRC members Murray Watson and Ross Cameron have asked them to look at the options to preserve, store and display the “rich and unique collection”.

It includes international caps dating back as far as 1896, international jerseys, club programmes, photographs and trophies.

As well as the rugby club’s artefacts, the project would also include items which belonged to the “voice of rugby” Bill McLaren, who was from Hawick and died in 2010.


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