Endangered St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross awarded lottery funding


Gillespie, Kidd & Coia’s A-listed St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, thought by some to be a landmark example of Modernist architecture, has been awarded £565,000 of Heritage Lottery funding.

The Heritage Lottery Fund award will allow NVA to develop plans to restore St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross. However NVA will still need to raise a further £7.5 million to finish the project. NVA aims to partially restore parts of the seminary, including the chapel, and maintain the rest of the site as a modern ruin which can be visited.

Angus Farquhar, creative director of NVA, said: “The seminary building is held in high regard throughout the world. It has now been given the chance of a second life after 25 years of decline. Now, nearly 50 years on from the day it opened, we witness the first steps in a new and radical form of regeneration; one that accepts loss and ruination as part of the site history and sets out a mission to imaginatively re-use a great late modernist structure and in so doing, reflect the same social dynamism and ambition with which it was conceived.”

GSA Archives and Collections holds and cares for the archive of Gillespie, Kidd & Coia, which includes original plans, job files and photographs relating to the seminary at Cardross. See our website for more information, or take a look at our previous blog posts about Gillespie, Kidd & Coia.


Heritage Lottery fund backs heritage training

Training placements will include conservation work at the Scottish Council on Archives

Training placements will include conservation work at the Scottish Council on Archives

Five major skills projects in Scotland’s heritage sector have won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The fund has earmarked more than £3m for a range of projects, which will create 118 paid training placements. Initial support is being made through its Skills for the Future programme. The projects are being led by Museums Galleries Scotland, Scottish Council on Archives, National Galleries Scotland, Natural Networks and the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.

Those picked for training will learn contemporary skills, such as developing digital material, as well as more traditional conservation skills. The Museums Galleries Scotland project will give 20 people training in collections management, public programmes, volunteer management, digitisation and environmental management. The Scottish Council on Archives will offer training across the archives sector, and will involve skills such as digital preservation and digitisation. The National Galleries of Scotland will set up 12 traineeships to enable more of the Scottish national collection of photography and works on paper to be made available online. Natural Networks will provide 32 year-long placements in green network skills such as species identification, biological recording and habitat conservation techniques. The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community plans to train 36 young people in five traditional heritage skills – stonemasonry, carpentry, plastering, land crafts and roofing.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the demand for our Skills for the Future programme. “The heritage sector is becoming more and more popular as a career option, with demand for places far exceeding supply. There is also great demand from the organisations that run these programmes. Skills for the Future has enabled them develop their training capacity and plug heritage skills gaps. Through championing work-based placements, we are giving people the experience and training to pursue a career in heritage while ensuring that the sector is in a strong position, given that a decade ago many feared that key heritage skills would be lost.”

Reblogged from BBC News

Unsung Heroes


Unsung Heroes installation

Unsung Heroes installation. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

Unsung Heroes installation

Unsung Heroes installation. Image credit: Shannon Tofts

Last year Lothian Health Services Archive was involved in a HLF-funded project called ‘Unsung Heroes’, in which students and staff from Edinburgh College of Art produced new pieces based on their experience of Lothian Health Services Archive material relating to nursing (including their collection of historic nursing and hospital badges), along with oral histories collected from current and retired nurses. Some of the historic badges and the new pieces created have formed a permanent installation in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. More information about the project is available on their website.