Business Plan

6 Sep 2018 - 13:28

Shambellie House Trust has now reached an important milestone in its search for a sustainable future for Shambellie House.  Set up in 2015 following the closure of the National Museum of Costume the Trust has been working to develop a strong and robust business plan for the project.

Following grant aid from a wide range of organisations the Trust has now completed this stage and will be showcasing the result at an event at the House on 1stOctober.   The drawings will also be on display on Saturday 6thand Sunday 7thOctober. 

The Trust has adopted its vision:-

To create a centre for day and short residential courses

-      Celebrating the environment and culture of Dumfries & Galloway

-      Connecting the centre to the wider community

Chair of the Trust Gordon Mann said

“Our work has included detailed market research, review of governance, and a set of Product Development workshops with local artists, makers and practitioners keen to work with us. These workshops were the most energising ones I have ever been involved with as we saw the enthusiasm and skills of the people who share our vision of what Shambellie could become.  All of this has been brought together into a Business Plan which shows that once established the project will be sustainable.

On 1st October we will also hear George Cooke who is the Principal at Higham Hall in Cumbria talk about how they have developed and expanded their range of courses over the years.”

Following on from the Workshops architects Simpson and Brown who were involved with the initial study for the Scottish Government were asked to return and to update their work. Working with engineers and local cost consultants McGowan Miller they have produced a scheme to add an extension to the house, provide bedrooms for residential students and make the house fully accessible, at a cost of £6.1m.  These plans will be on show at the event in October.

John Stewart a Trustee and member of the Stewart family who donated the House to the Scottish Government added

“While we were all sad to see the Costume Museum closed the family are keen to see the house continue to serve the local community.  These proposals will give it a new lease of life - while providing local employment, supporting lots of small creative businesses and promoting this region.  It will also ensure that the grounds and the house are accessible to everyone.”

Places at the event on 1st October are limited, To book click HERE 

The drop in exhibition is open from 11.00am on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th and closes at 3.00pm.