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SB Connect Winter 2016

Funding Bid to enlarge Jim Clark museum

 A bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be submitted by the Council seeking support for enlarging and improving the Duns museum celebrating the life and achievements of two-time Formula One World Champion Jim Clark.

Heritage Lottery Fund applications are assessed in two rounds, and earlier this year the
Fund awarded the Council £53,100 in development funding to help it to progress towards a full grant application.

The Council is working with its partners, Live Borders, the Jim Clark Memorial Room Trust and the Jim Clark Trust on the proposals for an improved museum, with the planning application already submitted for changes to the existing building.

Proposed is an expanded and enhanced museum, allowing cars raced by Clark to be displayed, along with a wide range of trophies and other memorabilia. The plans for the building have been developed by SBC’s in-house architects.

SBC has already committed almost £620,000 to the project and the Jim Clark Trust is leading a fundraising drive via to raise a minimum of £300,000 towards the cost of the overall project.

The aim is for the new museum to open in 2018, the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark’s death at Hockenheim in Germany at the age of just 32. He is still considered one of the greatest ever racing drivers, and has a record that has stood the test of time.

Jim Clark won the Formula One championship in 1963, becoming the then youngest ever World Champion. He followed it up with victory again in 1965 and in the same year also won the prestigious Indianapolis 500 in America. He remains the only driver to have won both the Formula One and Indy 500 titles in the same year.

The architect’s design for the proposed new museum