KINGS OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERS REGIMENTAL MUSEUM OPTIONS APPRAISALS
Recruited ‘by Beat of the Drum’ along Edinburgh’s Royal Mile in 1689, the Kings Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) were resident in Berwick Barracks for 130 years out of its 300 year history. Established in 1949, the KOSB Regimental Museum is also situated in the Barracks, a property now in the care of English Heritage. After amalgamation with the Royal Scots Borderers in 2006, the KOSB became an antecedent regiment and with this has seen a reduction in Ministry of Defence funding. Akin to the experience across other antecedent regimental museums, this has highlighted a renewed need for the KOSB Association to establish a viable and sustainable business model
In response to this need, the Association commisioned Jura Consultants to conduct an Options Appraisal to examine the future home of the KOSB Regimental Museum. The remit of the study was to consider options for the Museum which included continued location at the Barracks, location elsewhere in Berwick and location elsewhere in Scotland with reference to the three key considerations of desirability; deliverability and sustainability. The process was informed by an extensive market appraisal and consultation with key stakeholders including the other co-habitees of the Barracks, English Heritage, local authority representatives and other interested parties. In response to this initial study the Association commissioned a further Options Appraisal considering more closely the prospect of relocating to the Scottish Borders. This study considered a number of specific locations again assessing the desirability, deliverability and sustainability of each. Both reports have equipped the Association with the information required to make a decision surrounding the future of the Regimental Museum.