An Aberdeen museum is teaming up with one of the world’s largest antique and art auctioneers to raise funds for the five-star attraction’s future.
The Gordon Highlander Museum, on the city’s Viewfield Road, will be hosting a free valuation day on Thursday, March 1 in the Sir Jack Hayward Room from 10.00am to 3.00pm where auctioneers from Bonhams will estimate, on a first come first served basis, the worth of local hidden gems.
Specialists are looking forward to assessing the worth of a whole host of hidden treasures ranging from artwork and jewellery, to coins and armour, and have suggested small donations for every item to help fund the future of the museum.
This event is part of the museum’s bid to raise £300,000 by 2020, £10,000 of which was donated by Aberdeen Journals Ltd – publishers of the Press and Journal.
Having hit halfway with £150,000 already bagged in the last year, James Kennedy, the Gordon Highlander Museum hospitality manager, has urged people to get involved with the upcoming event and raised fears that the drive may be forgotten.
He said: “[Raising] the rest [of the money] may be difficult because, in the first year, we were striking whilst the iron was hot.“
There will be a talk prior to the valuation day on Wednesday, February 28 at 6.30pm by Charles Graham-Campbell and Chris Allen, from Bonhams, who will be speaking about north-east military weapons and auctioneering.
Entry is £10 per person and includes refreshments. All proceeds will go to the fundraising drive for the museum.