An important landmark has been reached in securing a future for Perth’s A-listed Lower City Mills, which will be partially hosting the Milling Matters conference in May. Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust have announced an award of funding of £204,036 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, towards £286,912 of work to develop a full bid for a £2.7 million project to fully restore the building and its rare working machinery, allow public access once again, and establish a heritage skills and conservation hub, and centre for Scottish mills and milling.
Maggie Wilkins, the Trust’s chairperson, said “we are delighted with news of the funding – and we hope to secure local support and funding to help us make this national gem a significant part of Perth’s wider cultural offer.”
The Trust’s secured a benevolent lease of the building from Perth and Kinross Council with a view to finding a sustainable future for the historic site. The funding is a great start to developing the larger project, however, the Trust still has to find around £900,000 over the next year to secure £1.2 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Find out more about the project on the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust website.
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