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July 18, 2010

Posted on 07/18/2010

Future of Murrayfield museum in doubt

The Scotsman's David Ferguson reports on fears that the Murrayfield museum may never see the light of day again.

"A long-running campaign to restore Murrayfield's rugby museum has prompted the SRU to begin work this month on erecting new glass cases to show more of the stunning array of memorabilia and artifacts languishing in a store room.

"A permanent site for a new museum is still to be found, however, and a leading campaigner for its restoration fears he may not be around to see it re-open. George Russell, a volunteer at the stadium's popular old library and a former steward at the royal box, became quite emotional at the SRU annual general meeting last month as he recollected how he had assured now-deceased colleagues that he would continue to push the union for a museum.

"I don't have much time left but I will keep fighting," he told The Scotsman. "A museum encourages youngsters and attracts people to the sport. It also provides a history lesson that educates people in what Scottish rugby has contributed, and who has contributed which I think is a valuable part of our game."

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