Those behind a project to create a heritage centre at Cultybraggan Camp in Comrie have been given a significant funding boost.
Comrie Development Trust (CDT) has successfully applied for £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is to be used to transform the camp’s B-listed Nissen hut into a venue to display work exploring the rich social and physical heritage of the local area.
The recent funding award, announced by the CDT earlier this week, follows hard on the heels of £10,000-worth of backing from the Scottish Government and contributions from the likes of Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, the Comrie Foundation and the Robertson Trust.
Several local fundraising events have also contributed to an ongoing campaign, such as a Prisoner of War march re-enactment and a nostalgia-filled Tea Dance, both held earlier this year.
Fiona Davidson, chair of the Comrie Heritage Group – which will oversee the Nissen hut development on behalf of CDT – said she was excited by the news.
She continued: “It will not only be a place to discover and experience more about the heritage of Comrie, Cultybraggan and surrounding areas, but we hope it will be just the start of a heritage journey – both for our visitors and for the Comrie Heritage Group.
“The Tea Dance and the PoW event both helped to raise more than £1600 to go towards the funding package and we are very grateful for all of the support given to both these events.”
Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, said: “Our Sharing Heritage grant scheme is a wonderful opportunity for communities to delve into their local heritage and we are delighted to be able to offer this grant so that Comrie Development Trust can embark on a real journey of discovery.
“Heritage means such different things to different people, and our funding offers a wealth of opportunities for groups to explore and celebrate what’s important to them in their area.”
The Nissen hut will also act as a showcase for sustainable building materials, according to a CDT spokesperson.
Information regarding the construction of the planned centre is to be displayed onsite in the hope of encouraging people embarking on other construction projects to consider similar ideas.
A donation of £10,000 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Division has been used to cover the employment of John Gilbert Architects, planning approval, building warrant and the services of a quantity surveyor as well as procurement of materials.
Where possible, a spokesperson explained that materials already gathered were sourced free of charge or at a discounted rate from companies wishing to be associated with the project.
A small budget was also allocated to produce signs and a case study of the project delivery.