Little Houses Improvement Scheme

A wide range of organisations and individuals care for the historic environment across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Organisation: National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Project title: Little Houses Improvement Scheme

The National Trust for Scotland’s Little Houses Improvement Scheme completed the refurbishment of 2 residential properties within the historic burgh of Culross.  Bennets House, dating from late 18th century, had lain empty and derelict for many years and was within the close proximity to Culross Palace, its main visitor attraction within the conservation village.  Negotiations with the willing owner enabled the NTS LHIS to purchase with its revolving fund and undertake a programme of repairs and refurbishment to enable more accommodation for the village.  Throughout the works programme, NTS employed an outreach officer, to engage with the public visitors, NTS members and local community and school alike throughout all aspects of the works, from recording and archaeology, to traditional skills and energy efficiency.  The end result is that 2 residential units have been sympathetically repaired and returned to functional use and the activity of the works themselves brought a new aspect to the usual visitor attraction.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 8

Others: 1, 5, 7, 13

Contact name: Bryan Dickson
Contact email: bdickson@nts.org.uk
Relevant web links: https://www.nts.org.uk/what-we-do/buildings/3-key-projects

Reviewed: September 2018