£1.5 million aid for historic buildings
19 August 2014
More than £1.5 million has been awarded to help repair seven historic buildings
across Scotland as part of Historic Scotland’s Building Repairs Grants scheme.
The announcement was made by the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs,
Fiona Hyslop, whilst on a visit to Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, which had itself been awarded £500,000
as part of the scheme.
Ms Hyslop said: “We are incredible lucky in Scotland to have a built heritage which
is the envy of the world. By investing in these important buildings we are not just ensuring the protection
of these vital, tangible connections to our past but also ensuring that they play a prominent role in
the future of their communities.”
“Hospitalfield is a great example of a site which has served a range of purposes
throughout its long and distinguished history and now, thanks to the support of Historic Scotland, Creative
Scotland, and others, a new chapter in its history can be opened. I’m sure that Hospitalfield will serve
as a cultural hub for the people of Angus for many years to come.”
The house has its origins as a medieval hospital, serving pilgrims visiting Arbroath
Abbey. By 1813, when Walter Scott visited and was inspired to write his book The Antiquary, the house
was part of the country estate of the Fraser family. Only thirty years later, artist Patrick Allan married
the heir to the estate, Elizabeth Fraser, and the couple set out to remodel the house - a project that
took over 70 years.
They created the wonderful interiors, vast Picture Gallery, and accumulated the
important Victorian collections of painting, sculpture and furniture. In 1890 Patrick Allan-Fraser
died leaving the house and estate for the support of artists. it was here that painters such as James
Cowie, Joan Eardley, Ian Fleming, Robert Colquhoun and Robert McBryde spent time working. Latterly,
many art students from the four main Scottish Art Schools have benefited from use of the building.
The legacy of the Allan-Fraser’s will live on as Hospitalfield upgrades its facilities
to support the artists of the 21st century. It will continue to be a place for artists to develop and
make new work but also to increasingly welcome visitors to enjoy the unique site and the programmes.
The house and gardens will be open to the public on 6 & 7 September for Open Doors Day.
The Building Repair Grants Scheme exists to give financial aid to owners of buildings
of special architectural or historical interest, in order to meet the cost of high-quality repairs,
using traditional materials and specialist craftsmen, to conserve original features.
The recipients of grant funding in this round are:
- Campbeltown Town Hall, Argyll and Bute £264,480 –
18th Century distinctive example of civic pride expressed through its architecture
- Hospitalfield House, Angus £500,000 – With its origins
as a medieval hospital, Hospitalfield became the 19th Century Scottish Baronial vision of artist Patrick
Allan-Fraser and his wife Elizabeth
- Aberdeen Music Hall, £222,062 built in the
early 19th Century, it is a prime example of Aberdeen’s monumental granite classicism. Still plays host
over 5,000 events every year.
- Castle of Mey, Caithness £193,440 – A listed,
16th Century building best known for its association with the Royal Family
- The Haining House, Selkirkshire £371,260– comprises
of a group of nationally important A-listed buildings, built in 1795 in the classical style
- Craig Castle, Aberdeenshire, £13,598 – Castellated courtyard
mansion, associated with the great Gordon family of Aberdeenshire
Notes for editors:
- Hans Hamilton Tomb, East Ayrshire £7,490– rare example
of 17th Century funerary architecture
- 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.
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