The Gazette had a look around the developments at Lews Castle, including the ground floor hospitality rooms and the Museum, which set for a ‘soft opening’ in July, allowing the public a glimpse before the offical October opening .
The soft opening will see a programme of visits for invited audiences and open events that will ‘test’ the new facilities.
The Museum and Archive will be fully open for business once six Lewis Chessmen arrive from the British Museum in October.
Also attached to the museum will be the Archives, where, for the first time, the Outer Hebrides will look after 25 years of historical records, including the potential of important records returned from national archives.
Through the outside courtyard there is also a separate Education Room for workshops and learning activities to support lifelong learners.