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Historic Environment Scotland award additional grant

The Gorebridge CARS has been successful in attracting an additional grant of £70,000 from Historic Environment Scotland (HES). This has to be spent by the end of March 2018 .

The Grant is for the following additional work:

A grant for the repair and restoration of 47-51 Main Street , the former Aytouns Butcher shop.

Additional community engagement work around the history and heritage of Gorebridge .This will involve : 

  • Schools education week:  This would be to host a programme of workshops around history and heritage themes with the local schools.  Teachers in service to be involved.  There would be a number of learning materials and resource book developed which would be illustrated with cartoons, key stories related to Gorebridge archive project.  The outcomes would also feed into the heritage trail .
  • The High Schools could be engaged with an archaeology project where the library could participate together with archaeology Scotland.  This could focus on the Newbyres Castle and the 3D modeling work that has been done and the Gunpowder works.  This together with a shop story telling initiative could feed into the development of the heritage trail.

    Another initiative for the week could be craft making i.e. ½ day workshop where the children could make something and learn more about traditional craft skills.  Other ideas could be a wildlife group with a heritage theme.  Heritage trail walks and stories. Food with a heritage theme.
    • A play coordinated by the Gorebridge archivist around an aspect of local history and heritage .  The story of how Gorebridge has developed and what the future might hold.  A small booklet/leaflet to be published as part of the project. 

    The drama project is now being taken forward with Matt Dunn and Sean Watson and will be based around 

    the formation of the Gorebridge District Nurses Hostel which was founded as a remembrance after the First World war.  This also acts as a legacy continuation of the First World War project run by the Gorebridge Development Trust between 2016-17.  The drama will be shown through 3 productions during the second week of April 2018.

  •  47-51 Main Street P1020446 Copy Picture 2 heritage trail panels Ideas for heritage trail plaques. Picture3 heritage trail plaques   Workshops for the new drama at the Gorebridge Pop up Beacon lead by Matt Dunn IMAG0280 Copy

Supported By:

Gorebridge Community Development TrustHistoric ScotlandMidlothian Council