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Swan Trust Receives Historic Environment Recovery Funding

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26 January 2021

The Swan Trust has been awarded £17,800 through the Historic Environment Recovery Fund, which was launched last year to support the recovery of Scotland’s historic environment sector from the impacts of COVID-19.

Historic Environment Scotland announced today that over £1.9 million has been awarded through the fund to support the recovery of over 40 organisations across the country. The funding awarded to the Swan Trust is to help the Trust ready the Swan to reopen to the public, including putting relevant COVID-19 measures in place.

David Goodlad, Chair of the Swan Trust, commented: “We are very grateful for this funding, which will enable the Trust to ensure The Swan is ready to welcome passengers again, as soon as COVID restrictions allow. Being unable to sail at all in 2020 was very disappointing and we very much hope to be back out on the water again this year, providing life changing sail training experiences for our youth and the wider public.”

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive at HES, said: “From museums in the Highlands to historic venues and buildings in central Scotland and the Borders, we are pleased to support a diverse range of projects the length and breadth of Scotland as part of the Historic Environment Recovery Fund. By helping to protect jobs, reopen historic sites and maintaining investment in traditional skills training and apprenticeships, we hope to support the wider recovery of the sector and Scotland’s economy.

The historic environment sector provides countless benefits to local communities – including providing jobs and generating tourism spend - and it is vital that we support these organisations and ensure their important work can continue as we face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and seek to harness opportunities ahead.”

The Historic Environment Recovery Fund is administered by HES on behalf of the Scottish Government and comes from the £97m UK Government consequentials for the culture and heritage sectors.

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