£4,680 boost for Glasgow heritage project

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Govanhill Baths Community Trust is among the latest round of Historic Environment Support Fund recipients

The B-listed Govanhill Baths is set to benefit from funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

As part of the Historic Environment Support Fund, £4,680 has been awarded to the Govanhill Baths Community Trust for a project to produce a publication on Govanhill Baths which will coincide with the beginning of the restoration project and the 20th anniversary of the Trust’s occupation of the building.

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The Trust will engage the local community to record their memories and stories about the building in order to produce a book that will celebrate and preserve the history of, as well as explore memories and offer insights into, one of the most cherished buildings in the south side of Glasgow. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the engagement events will be focused on digital communication, including social media.

Following publication, most of the books will be distributed for free to local schools and community groups. 150 books will be available for sale to the general public with the funds being used towards the celebrations being held in March 2021 for the 20th anniversary of the building being under care of the Trust.

£104,888 has been awarded to nine heritage projects as part of the Historic Environment Support Fund, administered by HES. The work being carried out by the recipients will benefit communities across the country, with projects based in Orkney, Aberdeenshire, Dumfries and Galloway and central Scotland, among others.

The Historic Environment Support Fund is used to support various one-off, heritage-related projects in Scotland, and has been running since 2016, with £898,014 distributed since it was launched. As part of this current round of funding, £104,888 has been awarded to nine projects across the country.

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Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at HES, said: “From developing and promoting traditional skills to looking for sustainable ways to reuse and repair buildings as well as engaging a wide range of different groups with the historic environment, these projects showcase the diverse impact that heritage has on people’s lives, and the valuable contribution it has on communities up and down the country.

“With COVID-19 restrictions still in place, many of the Support Fund recipients have had to adapt the way in which they carry out their activity in order to continue delivering the invaluable work they do to protect and celebrate our historic environment, and I look forward to seeing the progress unfold as we enter 2021.”

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