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Battle of Prestonpans Living History Centre : Business and Financial Planning

Picture courtesy of The Pollock Hammond Partnership and The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust The Battle of Prestonpans (1745) Heritage Trust is a charity whose aim is to enhance the legacy of the victory by Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobite Army over the government forces at Prestonpans. The Trust have undertaken a number of projects to achieve its aim, most recently with the creation of the world’s longest tapestry, which is 104 metres long and was contributed to by more than 200 volunteers! The Tapestry illustrates the Prince’s campaign from Eriskay to Prestonpans and has been on show around Scotland this summer, on the precise dates that the Prince visited each location in 1745.

It is the long-term intention of the Trust to develop a ‘Living History Centre’ at the site of the current Prestongrange Heritage Museum. Plans for the Centre include interpretations of the Battle, library and study facilities, related small-scale theatre and art spaces, and improved visitor facilities. GVA RGA have previously worked with the Trust in 2007 on the then proposed development of the Centre situated at the battlefield site. A business feasibility study was developed for the Trust which assessed the potential visitor numbers and revenue likely to be created by such an attraction. However, after reviewing their plans, the Trust have decided that the Heritage Museum location for the Centre is more suitable for their needs. As a result of the change in circumstances, the Trust have asked GVA RGA to conduct a reassessment of our study taking into account the change of location.

The Trust hopes to redevelop the Bath House at the Heritage Museum, which currently houses the Museum’s railway collection, to become the centre point of the proposed Living History Centre. The image above shows the proposed redevelopment of the Bath House with a new pavilion to display the Tapestry, the curved walls have been designed with the tapestry in mind. GVA RGA hope to develop a detailed reassessment study which will help the trust decide on the suitability of the development at the Heritage Museum.

For more information on the tapestry click through the link:  Prestonpans Tapestry

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