Historic Environment Recovery Fund Grants Awarded

Over £1.9 million has been distributed to help support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

Historic Environment Recovery Fund Grants Awarded

Article Source: Historic Environment Scotland
First Published: 26 January 2021 12:26
Updated: 26 January 2021 12:32

Historic Environment Recovery Funding will support organisations and help to support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19

A working steam railway museum in Spey Valley, a historic castle on the Isle of Mull and an A-listed lighthouse on Shetland are among those set to benefit from funding as part of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced funding of £1,916,238 to over 40 organisations across the country to help support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

The Historic Environment Recovery Fund was launched in October with two funding streams available.

The first stream - the Reopening Historic Buildings and Sites stream - offers support to help sites reopen to the public including repairs and PPE equipment and adaptions to facilitate social distancing. As part of this stream, £240,000 has been awarded to the A-listed Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh to assist with internal adaptions to facilitate social distancing and make the historic theatre safe for visitors when it is able to re-open.

£17,625 has also been awarded to Duart Castle Partnership to assist with works at the 13th century Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull as they start to plan for the next visitor season. As part of the works, a one-way system will be developed so that visitors can explore the castle safely.

Meanwhile, £73,743 has been awarded to Shetland Amenity Trust for works to the A-listed Sumburgh Head Lighthouse on Shetland. The funding will be used to address building maintenance as a result of winter storm damage, install COVID adaptions and develop a new business plan. The Trust will also deliver a community art project and video to promote the site and re-engage with the local community.

The A-listed Cockenzie House and Gardens in East Lothian has also been awarded £12,112 to cover repairs which will ensure continued public access to the building which is a vibrant community hub offering studios for small business and artists and delivers a range of heritage and community projects within the grounds.

The second stream – the Sector Resilience and Recovery stream – will help organisations to protect jobs or skills training posts, as well as assist with activities to help them adapt to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19. Organisations which HES is supporting under this stream include The Scottish Lime Centre, based in Fife. The Scottish Lime Centre is a key provider of advice, training and practical experience for the repair and conservation of Scotland’s traditional and historic buildings and £25,000 has been awarded to upgrade their website, improve their online presence and develop four training videos for traditional building skills, enabling them to continue to deliver valuable online training in a COVID-safe manner.

The Strathspey Railway Company, which runs a working steam railway museum offering passengers a 20-mile journey through Spey Valley in historic rail carriages pulled by historic locomotives, has been awarded £57,700. The funding will safeguard the development of traditional skills including three engineering apprenticeships as well as PPE equipment to allow the museum to safely re-open and allow visitors to enjoy the railway heritage of the Spey Valley once it is safe to do so.

In addition, £39,575 has been awarded to the Friends of Dundonald Castle – a charity that operates the 14th century castle and visitor centre in Ayrshire. The funding will enable the organisation to focus on increasing their resilience while adapting to COVID-19, develop recovery plans, increase their digital presence and produce online learning resources.

The Historic Environment Recovery Fund is administered by HES on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive at HES, said: “From museums in the Highlands to historic venues and buildings in central Scotland and the Borders, we are pleased to support a diverse range of projects the length and breadth of Scotland as part of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund. By helping to protect jobs, reopen historic sites and maintaining investment in traditional skills training and apprenticeships, we hope to support the wider recovery of the sector and Scotland’s economy.

“While historic sites and visitor attractions have been impacted by the closure of sites throughout the 2020 visitor season and the loss of revenue, other organisations in the sector have also had to adapt the way in which they carry out their work, put crucial traditional skills training and educational activities on hold and look at new ways to generate income, and we hope that this funding will allow the recipients to prepare for the future.

“The historic environment sector provides countless benefits to local communities – including providing jobs and generating tourism spend - and it is vital that we support these organisations and ensure their important work can continue as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and seek to harness opportunities ahead.”


Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: “Scotland is internationally renowned for the quality and diversity of its historic environment. Our historic environment plays a crucial role in defining who we are as a nation, supporting wellbeing and sustainability within communities and promoting a positive image of Scotland across the world.

“I am pleased that a wide range of projects will benefit from Scottish Government funding as part of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund. The support delivered through this fund will safeguard our shared heritage for future generations, protect jobs and help to strengthen Scotland’s wider economic recovery.”


The projects which have been awarded funding are:
• Archaeology Scotland - £72,000
• Ardnamurchan Lighthouse Trust Ltd - £27,171
• Bannockburn House Trust - £27,282
• Braemar Community Limited - £30,620
• Castle Roy Trust SCIO - £11,248
• Cawdor Castle Ltd - £100,528
• Clan Mackenzie Charitable Trust - £24,400
• Cockenzie House and Gardens - £12,112
• Collective - £47,988
• Dr Coralie Mills, Dendrochronicle - £14,998
• Duart Castle Partnership - £17,625
• Eden Court Highlands - £59,364
• Ferryhill Railway Heritage Trust - £19,815
• Fife Historic Buildings Trust - £83,914
• Finlaggan Trust - £8,347
• Friends of Dundonald Castle SCIO - £39,575
• Friends of Kilbride - £68,509
• Glasgow Women's Library - £30,000
• Govan Heritage Trust SCIO - £39,905
• Hopetoun House Preservation Trust - £71,355
• King's Theatre Kirkcaldy Limited - £87,000
• Maryhill Burgh Halls Trust - £18,985
• Northlight Heritage - £14,916
• Open Past - £12,575
• Out of the Blue Arts and Education Trust - £53,351
• Raasay House Community Company - £15,782
• Scottish Lime Centre Trust - £25,000
• Scottish Railway Preservation Society - £158,654
• Shetland Amenity Trust - £73,743
• Skaill House - £30,000
• Smart History - £12,500
• Stonehaven Recreation Grounds - £92,069
• The Abbotsford Trust - £48,730
• The John Rae Society - £17,107
• The Moray Society/Elgin Museum - £8,720
• The Queen's Hall (Edinburgh) Ltd - £240,000
• The Ridge SCIO - £24,418
• The Strathspey Railway Company - £57,700
• The Swan Trust - £17,800
• Traquair House Charitable Trust - £30,104
• Wanlockhead Museum Trust - £70,328

Image: Queen's Hall Edinburgh

Latest Glasgow News

Support on the Street for Scotland at The Euros

Support on the Street for Scotland at The Euros

With Scotland fans dreaming of Euro glory, support for Steve Clarke's team is now firmly on the map as a mall in Glasgow has been temporarily renamed 'Tartan Army Terrace'!

First Published: 11th June 2021
Scottish businesses prepare for COP26 with virtual event

Scottish businesses prepare for COP26 with virtual event

The Get Inspired 2021 event, hosted by Circular Glasgow, will welcome a number of speakers to explore three themes at the core of becoming a truly circular economy: youth, innovation and technology.

First Published: 11th June 2021
Mackies of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland announce partnership to get families exploring this summer

Mackies of Scotland and National Trust for Scotland announce partnership to get families exploring this summer

Families are invited to reconnect with the National Trust for Scotland properties they love, uncover clues as they explore and receive a delicious Mackie’s chocolate treat for their efforts.

First Published: 11th June 2021
People across Scotland urged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease

People across Scotland urged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease

Scots are being encouraged to take things at their own pace as restrictions ease, as research reveals almost half of adults who have met up with others have found it more overwhelming than expected.

First Published: 11th June 2021
A journey from lockdown back to live theatre 2021 to 2022

A journey from lockdown back to live theatre 2021 to 2022

Join the National Theatre of Scotland on a journey back to live theatre as it celebrates a programme of new tours, returning productions, a World Premiere and its ongoing digital programme.

First Published: 10th June 2021
St. Enoch Centre set to inspire next generation of Scotland stars

St. Enoch Centre set to inspire next generation of Scotland stars

St. Enoch Centre has launched a giveaway to inspire the next generation of Scotland football stars!

First Published: 10th June 2021
Salvage Hunters want your location recommendations for their upcoming episode set to be filmed in Scotland

Salvage Hunters want your location recommendations for their upcoming episode set to be filmed in Scotland

Salvage Hunters, the well-loved and most watched Discovery Network show is on the hunt for locations to feature in their special Scotland episode.

First Published: 10th June 2021
Yes sir, I can Bogie! Euros inspired Scottish cocktail kicks off summer at Fore Play Crazy Golf

Yes sir, I can Bogie! Euros inspired Scottish cocktail kicks off summer at Fore Play Crazy Golf

Glasgow's favourite adult-only alternative night out, Fore Play Crazy Golf has unveiled a new cocktail menu, including a Euros-inspired Scottish serve, to kick off summer!

First Published: 10th June 2021
Dobbies announces virtual events to elevate your garden this summer

Dobbies announces virtual events to elevate your garden this summer

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced two virtual Expert Events to help gardeners elevate their green spaces this summer, no matter the size or style of their garden.

First Published: 9th June 2021
Cultural programme for UEFA EURO 2020 Glasgow Fan Zone unveiled

Cultural programme for UEFA EURO 2020 Glasgow Fan Zone unveiled

A packed programme of live performances has been announced for the UEFA EURO 2020 Glasgow Fan Zone, with Glasgow Green set to showcase Scotland’s diverse cultural scene!

First Published: 9th June 2021
Adult only themed golf venue to spark the revival of the entertainment scene in Glasgow this Summer

Adult only themed golf venue to spark the revival of the entertainment scene in Glasgow this Summer

Creators of popular adult-only entertainment hot spot Ghetto Golf plan to open the first-ever 'Golf Fang' as part of the Big Fang Collective in the heart of the city centre next month!

First Published: 7th June 2021
Cast announced for the world premiere stage production of the classic Disney movie, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Cast announced for the world premiere stage production of the classic Disney movie, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

Michael Harrison is thrilled to announce the cast for Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which will make its Scottish premiere as an exciting new stage musical in November!

First Published: 7th June 2021
itison give the chance to win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy to raise funds for Social Bite

itison give the chance to win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy to raise funds for Social Bite

Win a VIP Olympic experience with Sir Chris Hoy or 90s throwback fitness class with Mr Motivator courtesy of itison... and help raise funds for Social Bite to break the cycle of homelessness.

First Published: 4th June 2021
Calling all upcycling artists, makers, and crafters... The Clydeside Collective needs you!

Calling all upcycling artists, makers, and crafters... The Clydeside Collective needs you!

The greenest creatives in Glasgow offered the chance to showcase their work in a new sustainable city centre retail space!

First Published: 4th June 2021
West End and TV star Darren Day will star in the new UK tour of Chicago

West End and TV star Darren Day will star in the new UK tour of Chicago

West End and TV star Darren Day will play 'Billy Flynn' in the forthcoming UK and Ireland tour of the international musical sensation CHICAGO opening at the King's Theatre, Glasgow on 11th September!

First Published: 4th June 2021
Piping Live! Confirmed for 2021

Piping Live! Confirmed for 2021

Piping Live! is back for 2021 with a nine-day festival packed full of world-class performances, music sessions, recitals, competitions, book launches, workshops and so much more!

First Published: 4th June 2021
St. Enoch Centre to open first phase of multi million pound development

St. Enoch Centre to open first phase of multi million pound development

St. Enoch Centre will be opening the first phase of its multi-million-pound redevelopment this Saturday which will be a welcome boost for Glasgow city centre's recovery post COVID.

First Published: 3rd June 2021
Louise Redknapp is working 9 to 5 this August

Louise Redknapp is working 9 to 5 this August

Louise Redknapp gets back to business as she reprises her role as Violet Newstead in the forthcoming tour of Dolly Parton's smash hit musical, 9 to 5 coming to the King's Theatre from 24th August!

First Published: 3rd June 2021
Charity thanks volunteers for the massive difference they make

Charity thanks volunteers for the massive difference they make

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland, is getting ready to celebrate Volunteers’ Week (1st – 7th June) by thanking their volunteers for the huge difference that they make to people’s lives.

First Published: 2nd June 2021
Glasgow Jazz Festival announces full line up for 2021 digital edition

Glasgow Jazz Festival announces full line up for 2021 digital edition

The full line-up of artists who are set to perform as part of the three-day digital Glasgow Jazz Festival, taking place between Friday 18th and Sunday 20th June, has been announced!

First Published: 2nd June 2021
Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform with award winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

Royal Scottish National Orchestra perform with award winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor

This week award-winning pianist Benjamin Grosvenor joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) and Principal Guest Conductor Elim Chan for a digital performance of Chopin's Piano Concerto No1.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Scottish Opera returns to live performance with over 200 pop up opera shows this Summer

Scottish Opera returns to live performance with over 200 pop up opera shows this Summer

Scottish Opera returns to live outdoor performance for the first time in nine months, with its popular Pop-up Opera Roadshow, starting Thursday 10th June!

First Published: 1st June 2021
Ayr company scoops best ice cream in UK award!

Ayr company scoops best ice cream in UK award!

Mancini's of Ayr has been voted the best ice cream manufacturer in the UK at the National Ice Cream Championships 2021 run by the Ice Cream Alliance, the sector's UK trade association.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Skylark IX Recovery Trust announces Bright Future for Dunkirk Little Ship

Skylark IX Recovery Trust announces Bright Future for Dunkirk Little Ship

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust has announced ambitious plans to secure a bright future for the much-loved Skylark IX 'Dunkirk Little Ship' at the heart of a new immersive heritage experience!

First Published: 1st June 2021
Plans launched to plant ten trees for every person in Glasgow City Region

Plans launched to plant ten trees for every person in Glasgow City Region

Over the next decade, ten trees for every man, woman and child in Glasgow City Region will be planted as part of a new urban ‘forest’ to tackle climate change.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Scottish Celebrity Chef backs charity Tartan Tea Party to celebrate Thank You Day

Scottish Celebrity Chef backs charity Tartan Tea Party to celebrate Thank You Day

Michelin Star Chef Tom Kitchin is backing Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Tartan Tea Party to celebrate the nationwide 'Thank You Day' on Sunday 4th July.

First Published: 1st June 2021
Bauer Media Scotland celebrate success at Audio and Radio Industry Awards

Bauer Media Scotland celebrate success at Audio and Radio Industry Awards

Bauer Media Scotland is celebrating after picking up four awards at the Audio and Radio Industry Awards (ARIAs).

First Published: 28th May 2021
Dobbies celebrates National Childrens Gardening Week with refreshed Little Seedlings and Ambassador launch

Dobbies celebrates National Childrens Gardening Week with refreshed Little Seedlings and Ambassador launch

Dobbies, the UK’s leading garden centre retailer, has announced the online relaunch of its much-loved Little Seedlings Club, to support and celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week.

First Published: 28th May 2021
National Theatre of Scotland Creatively Engaging in 2021

National Theatre of Scotland Creatively Engaging in 2021

National Theatre of Scotland announces a series of new digital creative engagement projects which explore themes of care and empathy.

First Published: 27th May 2021
Biscuit fans can book a stay in a CARAVAN Wafer this summer

Biscuit fans can book a stay in a CARAVAN Wafer this summer

Biscuit giant, Tunnock's, has teamed up with Argyll Holidays, Scotland's marketing leading holiday park operator in Argyll, to design and create the first ever official Tunnock's Caravan Wafer!

First Published: 26th May 2021

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

The Euro 2020 Pub
Join the team at The Shed for all the Euros action with a warm-up for those heading down to Hampden or catch the game live on giant screens at the Euro 2020 Pub hosted by honorary landlord Tam Coyle!
UEFA Euro 2020 Glasgow Green Fan Zone
Be part of the UEFA Euro 2020 experience by enjoying the matches live at the Glasgow Green Fan Zone open between 11th June and 11th July!
Open Goal Summer Football Festival
Celebrate the football party season with Open Goal as they host 22 Outdoor Live Shows across Euro 2020 at SWG3 Glasgow!
Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Open Sundays
The Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust opens its Bridgeton Bus Garage to the public on selected Sundays throughout the year!
Glasgow Farmers Market at Mansfield Park
This popular farmers market brings rural Scotland to the centre of Glasgow's west end twice a month!

Popular Venues

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum King's Theatre Glasgow SEC Armadillo Theatre Royal Glasgow The Pavilion Theatre Glasgow The Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall The SSE Hydro