Lanarkshire Museum unveils new willow sculpture trail ahead of reopening
The National Museum of Rural Life unveiled a new willow sculpture trail before it reopens to the public.
To celebrate spring on their farm – and mark their 20th anniversary – central South Lanarkshire offers the trail to discover unique animal sculptures made by hand from willow branches.
Starting with the museum’s reopening date of April 26, the trail, supported by People’s Zip Code Lottery players, will take visitors on a tour of the building at the historic working farm, giving them the chance to spot life-size animal sculptures along the way.
From pigs and sheep to hare and rooster, the new residents were designed by artist Anna Cross, using the same traditional willow-weaving skills used to make baskets.
Shirley Maciver, chief executive of the museum, said Lanarkshire Live : “It’s a special year for us.
“Not only are we reopening our doors to visitors on April 26, but it’s also our 20th anniversary.
“In honor of this, we are delighted to unveil the trail that visitors can follow through the grounds in search of beautiful life-size sculptures.
“It has something for all animal lovers, with some discreetly tucked away for our eagle-eyed visitors to spot – be sure to watch out for the delicate swifts that fly through the trail frame!”
Located near East Kilbride, the National Museum of Rural Life will reopen next Monday, seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In accordance with Scottish Government guidelines, a series of measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.
This includes pre-booked scheduled entry, face coverings, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitizing stations, and one-way routes.
Tickets for the reopening of the museum are on sale now and must be reserved in advance through the National Museum of Rural Life website.