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Funding Boost for 5 Historic Sites Across Scotland

Posted: 17th March 2016

Over £650,000 awarded to help restore A-Listed Edwardian Mansion, 16th century harbour and old Custom House.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has today (17th March) announced over £650,000 worth of funding to help repair historic buildings across the country.

The funding has been awarded to 5 projects, including Glasgow’s iconic Pollok House, home to a range of outstanding artwork, Cromwell Harbour in Dunbar, and the Old Custom House and viaduct in Dumbarton.

Martin Fairley, Head of Grants at HES, Scotland’s new public body for the heritage sector said:

“This scheme is designed to support and highlight Scotland’s diverse historic environment and the contribution it makes to communities up and down the country. We are pleased to be supporting a wide range of projects,  and working together with councils, community groups and volunteers amongst others to champion Scotland’s historic buildings – be that through helping to bring them back into use in the case of Kirkcudbright Town Hall  or helping to enhance existing tourist attractions like Pollok House in Glasgow.”

The money is awarded as part of the organisation’s Building Repair Grants scheme, which supports repair work to buildings of architectural or historic interest. Priority was given to applicants who demonstrated that investment in their project would result in community benefit. This round of funding, the second since HES came into being in October 2015, is divided between projects in Dumbarton, Glasgow, Fife, East Lothian and Dumfries and Galloway.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said,

“Scotland is home to a range of fascinating historic buildings, and it is vital that we work together to preserve them for future generation, which is why I have committed to maintain the level of funding of funding available through Historic Environment Scotland’s grant schemes.

“This round of investments is as diverse as ever, and includes a custom house on Scotland’s oldest canal, a grand country house in the heart of Glasgow, and an East Lothian harbour with links to Oliver Cromwell. I look forward to seeing how these grants will reinvigorate some wonderful buildings and bring benefits to communities all over Scotland.”

 

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