£194,349 awarded to coasts and waters heritage projects


Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has announced funding of £194,349 to 18 community-based projects as part of its Coast and Waters Heritage Fund, a one-off fund launched in March. Grants of £3,000 to £20,000 have been awarded to projects which deliver benefits to the local community through outreach and educational activities, repairs to stabilise historic or marine structures, developing traditional skills and increasing understanding of Scotland’s coasts and waters heritage.

Examples include:

- Scotland’s oldest ship, an A-listed harbour and an iron age dwelling are all set to benefit from funding as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters.

- The Collective Coast project, run by Climavore CIC, has been awarded £13,816 to work with intergenerational and marginalised groups to capture oral histories and develop recordings, a short film, an exhibition, a series of radio shows and a cookbook.

- The Papay Development Trust has been awarded £7,950 for their Restore the Shore project to engage the local community in coastal protection, restore and create local heritage assets and upskill a new generation of volunteers to ensure that valuable local knowledge is passed on.

- Cromarty Harbour Trust has been awarded £20,000 to improve the safety and access to the Smeaton Mole which is the outer pier of the A-listed Cromarty Harbour in the Highlands.

- The Whithorn Trust has been awarded £19,000 for a community archaeology project which will offer training workshops on lidar visualisation as well as analysis and interpretation to enhance understanding of coastal archaeology and help create a valuable resource for the management of sites affected by climate change. There will also be hands-on activities to construct a traditional coracle and canoe and a travelling exhibition will be created to engage a wider audience in coastal and water-related heritage.

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at HES, said:

“We are pleased to support these 18 projects as part of our Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund. This funding will support a wide range of community outreach activities as well as crucial repairs to historic maritime structures which not only encourages people to engage with our coastal and waterway heritage but helps to ensure it is protected for future generations."

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