Shambellie House Trust was established following a decision by the National Museum of Scotland to close Shambellie House, New Abbey as the National Museum of Costume. The Scottish Government would like to see a local group take on the running of the house once they have a sustainable plan for its future and that is our task to over the coming months.

The Trust proposes to develop the house as a centre for day and residential courses and workshops on photography, arts, crafts, history, wellbeing, wildlife and the environment. The house will be a resource centre and base from which to explore Dumfries & Galloway more widely, connecting the centre to the wider community and allowing the courses to benefit fully from the environment, culture and history of Dumfries & Galloway.