£1.9 million distributed to help support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector


26 January 2021
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A working steam railway museum in Spey Valley, a historic castle on the Isle of Mull and an A-listed lighthouse on Shetland are among those set to benefit from funding as part of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced funding of £1,916,238 to over 40 organisations across the country to help support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

The Historic Environment Recovery Fund was launched in October with two funding streams available:

Reopening Historic Buildings and Sites stream

This offers support to help sites reopen to the public including repairs and PPE equipment and adaptions to facilitate social distancing. As part of this stream, £240,000 has been awarded to the A-listed Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh to assist with internal adaptions to facilitate social distancing and make the historic theatre safe for visitors when it is able to re-open.

£17,625 has also been awarded to Duart Castle Partnership to assist with works at the 13th century Duart Castle (pictured) on the Isle of Mull as they start to plan for the next visitor season. As part of the works, a one-way system will be developed so that visitors can explore the castle safely.

Sector Resilience and Recovery stream

This will help organisations to protect jobs or skills training posts, as well as assist with activities to help them adapt to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Organisations which HES is supporting under this stream include The Scottish Lime Centre, based in Fife.

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The Scottish Lime Centre is a key provider of advice, training and practical experience for the repair and conservation of Scotland’s traditional and historic buildings and £25,000 has been awarded to upgrade their website, improve their online presence and develop four training videos for traditional building skills, enabling them to continue to deliver valuable online training in a COVID-safe manner.

The projects which have been awarded funding are:

  • Archaeology Scotland - £72,000
  • Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust Ltd - £27,171
  • Bannockburn House Trust - £27,282
  • Braemar Community Limited - £30,620
  • Castle Roy Trust SCIO - £11,248
  • Cawdor Castle Ltd - £100,528
  • Clan Mackenzie Charitable Trust - £24,400
  • Cockenzie House and Gardens - £12,112
  • Collective - £47,988
  • Dr Coralie Mills, Dendrochronicle - £14,998
  • Duart Castle Partnership - £17,625
  • Eden Court Highlands - £59,364
  • Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust - £19,815
  • Fife Historic Buildings Trust - £83,914
  • Finlaggan Trust - £8,347
  • Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO - £39,575
  • Friends of Kilbride - £68,509
  • Glasgow Women's Library - £30,000
  • Govan Heritage Trust SCIO - £39,905
  • Hopetoun House Preservation Trust - £71,355
  • King's Theatre Kirkcaldy Limited - £87,000
  • Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust - £18,985
  • Northlight Heritage - £14,916
  • Open Past - £12,575
  • Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust - £53,351
  • Raasay House Community Company - £15,782
  • Scottish Lime Centre Trust - £25,000
  • Scottish Railway Preservation Society - £158,654
  • Shetland Amenity Trust - £73,743
  • Skaill House - £30,000
  • Smart History - £12,500
  • Stonehaven Recreation Grounds - £92,069
  • The Abbotsford Trust - £48,730
  • The John Rae Society - £17,107
  • The Moray Society/Elgin Museum - £8,720
  • The Queen's Hall (Edinburgh) Ltd - £240,000
  • The Ridge SCIO - £24,418
  • The Strathspey Railway Company - £57,700
  • The Swan Trust - £17,800
  • Traquair House Charitable Trust - £30,104
  • Wanlockhead Museum Trust - £70,328

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(report courtesy Historic Environment Scotland)