Hawick Museum will take the unusual step of closing its doors to the public from Christmas Eve until March 31 next year.
Normally the museum is open all year round, but in order to undertake a review of the stored collection, it will now close to allow staff to concentrate their efforts on this major task.
The collection is at the heart of Hawick Museum. It provides the content of core displays, material for special exhibitions, is used extensively in work with schools and other groups, is accessed by researchers and is the legacy for future generations to enjoy and learn from.
During the closure, an audit and review of a large section of the collection will be carried out.
The first phase will involve decanting the contents of the store into the Scott Gallery. From there staff will catalogue, mark and check the condition of all objects. The second phase will involve reviewing and reorganising the stores.
The Borders Textile Towerhouse, which explores the heritage and history of the areas textile industry, and is also in Hawick, will remain open to the public as normal Monday, Wednesday-Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Tuesday and Sunday.