Aberdeenshire Council has transferred Banff visitor attraction Duff House to Historic Scotland.
Ongoing discussions led to proposals for a change in emphasis for all partners, with building owners Historic Scotland taking over the running of the facility.
Negotiations were completed as the historic venue’s new season kicked off with the launch of a highly prestigious exhibition of work by German photographer August Sander.
The National Galleries lends a wide range of important works from its collections to Duff House and will continue to in the future. Chief Executive of Aberdeenshire Council, Colin Mackenzie, said:“As we have said before, this exercise has been about a rebalancing of the partnership and Aberdeenshire Council will remain a very active partner in support for Duff House.”
Chief Executive of Historic Scotland, Ruth Parsons, said: “We have worked tirelessly over the last few months to improve the partnership arrangements and achieve a better balance of responsibilities.”