27 July 2021
A historic Tolbooth steeple in Fife and a 17th-century A-listed house in Bannockburn are among the projects awarded funding from Historic Environment Scotland.
A total of £241,995 has been awarded to more than 20 heritage projects as part of the Historic Environment Support Fund, administered by HES. The work being carried out by the recipients will benefit communities across the country, with projects based in the Highlands, Argyll and Bute, East Lothian and the Borders, among others.
The Historic Environment Support Fund is used to support various one-off, heritage-related projects in Scotland and has been running since 2016, with over £1 million distributed since it was launched. Funding is awarded to projects which use the historic environment to make a positive difference to their local area, supporting local economies, inspiring and engaging communities with the rich heritage on their doorstep, and ensuring that the historic buildings that give places their distinct character are protected and managed for future generations.
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The projects receiving funding from this latest round of grants include:
Bannockburn House Trust, Stirling: £20,000
To deliver a volunteer training programme at the A-listed Bannockburn House. The programme will provide local members and volunteers with training in basic restoration and traditional building methods. This forms part of a 15-year master plan to revitalise the building and estate and positively impact the local economy and community.
Renfrewshire Council, Paisley: £16,250
The funding will support a project to repair and upgrade a rare clock chime mechanism at Paisley Town Hall. The clock carillon will be brought back into use, converting it from an automatic pneumatic operating mechanism to an electronic one to allow for a variety of tunes to be played at regular intervals throughout the day. The local community will be involved in the choice of, and commissioning of, new tunes, and on completion, the operating mechanism will be on display to be viewed by the public. A community engagement programme will run to raise awareness of the history and construction of the unusual instrument and its significance locally, and a film will be produced to document the refurbishment, helping to showcase the mechanism in a historical context as well as create educational resources.
Royal Burgh of Pittenweem and District Community Council, Fife: £11,938
Part of a project to restore and maintain the Pittenweem Tolbooth Steeple building in Fife, the funding will support the restoration of three clockfaces of the iconic A-listed tower. The tower dates to 1588 and remains one of the most significant buildings in Pittenweem.
Crail Preservation Society, Fife: £10,000
To restore the historic medieval Mercat Cross in the Marketgate of Crail. An information board explaining the significance of the Mercat Cross will also be installed, as well as bollards to prevent traffic collision.
Adam Burton, Borders: £7,608
To rethatch the B-listed Rowantree Cottage in Kirk Yetholm. Rowantree Cottage is significant as a late 18th century traditional cottage, with the thatched roof contributing to this significance.
Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust, Argyll and Bute: £5,000
Part of a project to develop a design plan for Achamore Gardens which is on the Inventory of Gardens and Designed Landscapes, the funding will allow the Trust to commission a Garden Designer to help develop an overarching design plan for the Garden and support the overall restoration plans and the development of a long-term strategy that recognises the Garden’s historic and cultural value, the changing needs of visitors and the ongoing maintenance requirements.
Engaging with our heritage
Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: 'I am delighted to announce this funding which has been awarded to a varied range of fantastic projects. Whether it’s through empowering volunteers with new skills, enabling people to engage with their local heritage in new and accessible ways, restoring an important part of a historic building so that it can continue to be enjoyed for future generations, or providing opportunities for groups and individuals that are sometimes harder to reach, each project has the ability to impact communities up and down the country.
'Despite COVID-19, many recipients have continued to adapt the way they work in order to continue delivering their crucial and invaluable work within the community – from online training and workshops to virtual events and conferences – and I am pleased to see these projects continue to shine a spotlight on and increase engagement with Scotland’s historic environment.'
Apply to the Historic Environment Scotland Support Fund
The next application deadline for the Historic Environment Support Fund is Tuesday 30 November 2021. For further information, visit Historic Environment Scotland.
Report and Pittenweem Tolbooth image courtesy of Historic Environment Scotland. Bannockburn House image copyright Hugh McCusker.