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Barry Mill shares heritage stories
The story of an expert miller who continues to run one of Scotland’s last operational water mills near Carnoustie is showcased in a new series of online soundslides for the National Trust for Scotland.
Miller Peter Ellis has been operating Barry Mill, bringing this important piece of Angus’s industrial heritage to life for visitors since the 1990s. His is one of 20 stories featured in the Trust’s Scotland’s Stories project.
Scotland’s Stories created soundslides to tell the story of the diversity of the skills of the people needed to tend the places in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and their passion for their vital work to conserve and promote our heritage. The Carnoustie story features at www.scotlandsstories.com.
Chief Executive Kate Mavor said:
“The Trust is uniquely placed in Scotland – it’s the only conservation charity which is responsible for looking after the whole panoply of our heritage – built, natural and cultural. Through Scotland’s Stories we hope to give an insight into the vast array of skills and experience that is needed to look after the special places and items in our care. All of this goes on day in, day out and often un-noticed behind the scenes.
“We wanted to pull back the curtain on the world of conservation and shine a light on the talent and dedication of the passionate people who keep Carnoustie’s heritage alive for future generations.”
The project is intended to raise public awareness of what’s involved in caring for the nation’s heritage and encouraging people to talk about it too, as outlined in the Trust’s strategy Securing the future of our past, published in August 2011.
The soundslides were created by Interpretaction, a Black Isle-based heritage interpretation consultancy which works throughout the UK and in Europe. It brought together an expert team combining exceptional photography with high-quality audio-recording and film-making.
Director Verity Walker said:
“It was a privilege for the Interpretaction team to spend a full day in the company of master miller Peter Ellis, who captivated us with his stories of millers and milling.”
People can upload their own stories about Trust properties, their visits and experiences there at a dedicated Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsStories
Trust members and all others interested in protecting the nation’s heritage are being asked to find £15 to donate towards the charity’s “I’m in it for the Future” Fund.
The appeal aims to raise vital funds – at least £110,000 is required – which the trust needs if it is to continue its work of maintaining, conserving and restoring some of Scotland’s most precious buildings, gardens and landscapes, ensuring they survive to be appreciated and treasured by future generations.
The Trust’s Chief Executive, Kate Mavor said:
“Places like the Angus Folk Museum, JM Barrie’s Birthplace and the House of Dun are part of the fabric of the nation, and each in its own way tells the stories of how we in Scotland came to be who we are now. For that reason, we cannot afford to take any of this rich heritage for granted and assume someone else will always take responsibility for it.
“In my letter I have painted a nightmare scenario in which one of Scotland’s most iconic properties is allowed to fall into disrepair and eventually crumbles to a graffiti-ridden hulk, the memories, history and shared culture it represents lost forever. That has happened all too often in the past to all sorts of heritage properties. Even a small donation can prevent this prospect from becoming a reality.”
The costs incurred in looking after Scotland’s heritage are eyewatering: ?600,000 annually just to comply with legislation on routine jobs like boiler checks and fire alarm checks; ?400,000 a year to buy basic tools, plants and pest controls to protect collections – all before undertaking any major restoration projects.
Every penny raised through donations will go directly to the care of properties and landscapes. Just ?15 would buy 24 pairs of white gloves that Trust conservators use in handling delicate artefacts, ?30 would buy 25 tree saplings to be planted in beautiful gardens, ?100 would enable one metre of countryside pathway to be repaired and ?500 would pay for a chimney in one of the country’s grandest houses to be swept.
Kate Mavor added:
“As a charity we count on the generosity of hundreds of thousands of members who pay their subscriptions and often make other donations too – but the sheer scale of our responsibilities mean that we asking for just that little bit more.
“Members who are able to make a further donation to this appeal on top of their membership subscription will receive a limited edition car sticker as a small token of our thanks for their support. Also, people who donate by St Andrew’s Day on Wednesday, 30 November will be entered into a prize draw to win a holiday with the Trust.”
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