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25 July 2022

HES announces plans to relocate Kilmartin Crosses to Kilmartin Museum

A close up photo of the Kilmartin Cross

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced plans to relocate the Kilmartin Crosses to Kilmartin Museum, from Kilmartin Old Church where they are currently housed. 

Following discussions with stakeholders including Kilmartin Museum, the new owner of Kilmartin Old Church and Argyll & Bute Council, the preferred option of relocation to the Museum was agreed as the best way forward to ensure both public access to the Crosses and their long-term protection. 

The Crosses comprise the fragments of two medieval crosses, and one early Christian cross dating from around 900 AD known as the ‘Kilmartin Cross’. The three Crosses are Properties in Care of HES, placed into guardianship by Argyll and Bute Council in 1933. It is proposed that the Kilmartin Cross and the smaller medieval cross will be relocated inside Kilmartin Museum, with the third, larger cross to be relocated at a later date, subject to planning permission being granted. After short relocation to fabric specialists, it is proposed the Crosses will be installed in their new setting ready for the reopening of the Kilmartin Museum in 2023. 

As the crosses are also protected as scheduled monuments, consent must be granted before the relocation can take place. As part of this process, HES is inviting comments from the public on the application.

Comments can be submitted until Thursday 11 August, via the HES portal.  

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For further information, please contact:

Claire Mullaney
Senior Communications Officer
Historic Environment Scotland
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