More than £1m for historic sites
1 July 2011
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop announced more than
£1m of funding for repairs to historic buildings today.
The projects to benefit from Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grants are:
- The Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum;
- Craigston Castle estate;
- Dunoon Burgh Halls;
- Drum Castle;
- The Haining estate in the Scottish Borders, and
- Ullapool Museum
The Cabinet Secretary said:
“These grants will go to a mixture of buildings in public use, private ownership
and charitable trusts but they all have the potential to have a positive impact on their local communities
and economy. Simply ensuring that they are repaired and retained creates opportunities for real benefits.
“Times are tough but each of these projects exemplify why we need to invest in buildings
at the heart of our communities so they can continue to be a resource for us all.
”This batch of grant awards includes buildings that house art and collections that
are open to the public, venues that are available to hire and encourage tourism and each and every one
of them represents something unique and has a story to tell.”
Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum
Established by the bequest of artist Thomas Stuart Smith (1815 – 1869) the Gallery
was purpose-built in 1874 as The Smith Institute. It housed a collection of mainly contemporary art
with museum and library reading rooms “for the benefit of the inhabitants of Stirling, Dunblane and
Kinbuck.” The Trustees hope to follow the repairs with the development of ambitious proposals to improve
access, heating, insulation and an expansion of the gallery spaces thereby providing the opportunity
to display the extensive collections more comprehensively and in a contemporary and accessible manner.
A grant of £264,600 has been offered.
Craigston Castle estate
The plans for the repairs to the Craigston Castle estate will repair the external
shell of the buildings to make them wind and watertight, including roof repairs, stonework re-pointing,
lime harling and the repair and reinstatement of doors, windows and guttering. The wider project
will see them become holiday accommodation, encouraging sustainable tourism.
A grant of £243,371 has been offered.
Dunoon Burgh Halls
The B-Listed Burgh Hall was the only theatre in Argyll from its construction in
1873 until the 1960s. The theatre went out of use completely in the 1980s and was eventually registered
as a Building at Risk. In early 2009, the John McAslan Family Trust purchased the derelict building
with the intention of transforming it into a cultural centre for the town and wider region. The Burgh
Hall was re-opened in May of that year following a series of initial repairs and has remained in use
since then through a diverse programme of cultural activities.
A grant of 161,241 has been offered.
Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire
Dating from the 13th Century, the National Trust for Scotland property is the oldest
intact building in the care of the conservation charity, who intend an ambitious £1.16m programme of
works to halt water damage to the building and prevent any further deterioration. The project will also
boost the castle’s business as a wedding venue and will allow full public access to the tower once again.
Further funding towards the project has been secured through the National Trust for Scotland’s US Foundation.
A grant of £465,720 has been offered.
The Haining estate
Work will see the A-listed mansion house removed from the Buildings at Risk Register
and will provide business and office units and so secure the building’s future. This is the first phase
of an overall redevelopment plan for the estate, including conversion of the mansion house to form a
contemporary arts, music and literature centre and the successful adaption and re-use of these buildings
will provide a crucial business model for the sustainable future of the estate.
A grant of £37,494 has been offered.
The A-listed former church is renowned for being one of the best preserved parliamentary
churches attributed to Thomas Telford; celebrated civil engineer, architect, road, bridge and canal
builder. The project will involve specific stonework re-pointing and repairs to the harling and limewashed
areas of the building. This will allow the continued use of the museum as a community resource and vital
part of the Destination Ullapool Initiative; promoting the area’s attractions, businesses and activities
A grant of £14,011 has been offered.
News releases on each case with quotes from grant recipients are available from
Historic Scotland. Contact email@example.com
Notes for editors
- A total of £1,186,437 has been awarded in this round of grants.
- Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged
with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers
and through them to the Scottish Parliament.