Income increased by more than 200%

Lighthouse Museum.
Lighthouse Museum.

Fraserburgh’s Museum of Scottish Lighthouses has revealed that, for the first time in their history, their own income has passed the £200,000 mark.

A statement released by the museum via their social media page on Facebook, revealed the news last week. It comes in the wake of comments made at the last meeting of Fraserburgh’s community council which suggested that footfall was falling yearly.

“As the museum trustees, management and staff continue to strive to kep the museum open as well as protect its Recognised National Collection, we’re delighted to announce that, for the first time in the museum’s history our own earned income has gone through the £200,000 mark in a financial year.

“To give this some context, in the last last financial year, before trustees revitalised the museum and adopted a new and innovative management structure, the earned income was £68,000.

“A 294% increase in two years really demonstrates how much hard work has gone in from the trustees and staff.

“As a result, everyone involved in the museum would like to sincerely thank all of our customers in the museum, café, restaurant and for weddings, events and corporate functions. If it wasn’t for your support we wouldn’t be able to work to protect one of only 41 recognised collections in Scotland and Scotland’s first lighthouse,” the statement reads.

“We’ve gone from a position where we weren’t sure if we’d open after the winter closure to where we’re in as robust position as we’ve ever been,” said business manager Gary Campbell last week.

Responding to claims that footfall had dropped year on year at the tourist attraction, he revealed that, after cuts to funding from Aberdeenshire Council and a winter closure that saw them close their doors during a period of uncertainty between November and March, numbers had fallen between 2010/11 and 2012/13, but that they had risen by over 4000 for the year 2013/14.

“It’s disappointing that there’s people making these quotes around the community when that information is available,” he said, inviting anyone who wanted to see the figures for themselves to visit the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses.