Finally, birthplace of Peter Pan officially classified as ‘rescued’
I made a mistake 6 years ago, not a bad mistake, but something that did make me think I had made a mistake.
Since then, I’ve made a further 6 posts (not including this one) about the house, a derelict Georgian townhouse with garden which is said to have inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan.
I’m not even a Peter Pan fan, and was actually attracted by the sad tale of the derelict, yet famous house which dates back at least a further 5 years. Even then, it was in the news for being abandoned and vandalised, with nobody seemingly willing or able to rescue it, and demolition becoming a distinct possibility.
After my first post I started to spot more detailed mentions, and started to write about them, and then began to think I had caught a monster by the tail, as having started to mention it whenever some advance was made in the rescue, I found myself worrying about missing the next one, and having an incomplete story.
However, sense eventually prevailed, and once it had a famous sponsor – Joanna Lumley – I decided to stop worrying and let it run its course until something major happened, and it did:
A campaign spearheaded by actress Joanna Lumley to secure the future of Moat Brae House in Dumfries has announced that £5.3 million is in place to turn it into a centre for children’s literature and storytelling.
The trust behind the initiative has also announced that the new attraction, expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors a year, is due to open in 2018. That is three years later than planned when details a proposed overhaul were first unveiled in 2011, when the project had a £3.5m price tag.
The B-listed building, which was designed by Dumfriesshire architect Walter Newall and dates back to 1823, has been made wind and watertight, and had a new roof installed since being taken over by the trust.
The restoration project, which will get under way within the next few months,will see the creation of permanent and temporary exhibitions, a children’s library, education workshops, a cafe and a shop.
So, while it’s far from over, the project has moved on from one of rescue to one of eventual completion.
Oh well, here we go again…
Now all I have to worry about is spotting news of the opening.