Mavisbank House saved by £5m funding award

Mavisbank House saved by £5m funding award

Mavisbank will be saved!

The AHSS is thrilled to learn that the National Heritage Memorial Fund has announced a funding award of £5.3m to the Landmark Trust for initial work to stabilise Mavisbank House and prevent further decay.

Campaigners have laboured for decades to save the 300-year-old architectural gem in Midlothian, Scotland, from collapse following a catastrophic fire 50 years ago. Its terrible condition and uncertain ownership have left this ‘Category A’ masterpiece in a derelict and highly perilous state.

The Landmark Trust has been working with Midlothian Council, Historic Environment Scotland, the Mavisbank Trust and others to identify a viable solution to Mavisbank’s woes for many years, and made the application to the National Heritage Memorial Fund in January 2024 believing the house met the criteria of being of ‘outstanding importance to the national heritage’. The grant will enable Landmark to pursue phase one of a fresh plan to give Mavisbank House a vibrant and sustainable future.

Further information is available on the Landmark Trust’s website.

Read the letter from our President Mary Miers in support of the application.

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