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New heritage centre to be created at Braemar Gathering site

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A new heritage centre at the site of the Braemar Gathering will tell the story of Highland Games throughout the centuries, the Braemar Royal Highland Society has announced.

Plans have been approved for the first purpose-built centre of its kind, with construction to start within the next few weeks. The £2.2million development is to be funded by Braemar Royal Highland Society and private donations, with a lead donor having committed £700,000 to construction costs.

A 'major fundraising campaign' is ongoing to help meet the final target. Incorporating a gallery, exhibition hall, café, and gift shop, the new centre will not only tell the story of Royal links to Braemar but of the early beginnings of Highland Games across
Scotland.

Braemar Gathering Heritage Centre exhibits

Exhibits will include paraphernalia from Highland Games and Gatherings, such as medals and trophies, and partner The Scottish Tartans Authority will also contribute to the collection. It is hoped that the building will represent a valuable resource for organisers of Highland Games across the world.

David Geddes, President of Braemar Royal Highland Society, said “Following years of planning, Braemar Royal Highland Charity’s vision is becoming reality. The new centre will allow us to tell the world the story of the Braemar Highland Gathering and the wider Highland Games circuit. I feel this will be a major boost to tourism in Deeside and the National Park and
will help the future of the sport and Highland traditions.”

Location of the Heritage Centre

The development is supported by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, through two of his charities, Dumfries House Trust and The Prince's Foundation for Building Community, with the latter responsible for the design of the new centre. The structure will be located at the Princess Royal and Duke of Fife Memorial Park, home to the Braemar Gathering since the early 1900s, with the design influenced by the setting of the venue in the Cairngorms National Park and the classic theme of architecture found around the venue and the village of Braemar itself.

For more on the Braemar Royal Highland Society, visit their website.

Listen to our Hidden Histories podcast from the Braemar Gathering.

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