Castle set to reveal its treasures

Culzean Castle
Culzean Castle

The National Trust for Scotland’s Culzean Castle is one of the first properties to take part in one of Scotland’s biggest ever heritage projects – Project Reveal.

The £1.3 million project is taking place at all of the properties cared for by Scotland’s largest conservation charity to update the information and collect pictures of every item in its care.

A team of five will be hard at work at the stunning castle, which is also the site of £2.5 million project to upgrade its visitor facilities, for the next few months. They are recording and photographing every single piece of its amazing collection from fine furniture and artworks, to kitchenware and gardening tools.

National Trust for Scotland Chief Executive Simon Skinner said: “This is a huge project, both for the Trust and for the heritage of Scotland. It will mean we know so much more about the many treasures in our care, and this information will help us as we strive to share Scotland’s spectacular scenery, amazing history and unforgettable experiences with more visitors, in more engaging and relevant ways.”

Wendy Turner, Project Manager for Project Reveal said: “Much of this work will be taking place in full view of our visitors, so we will be revealing not just our collections at Culzean Castle, but our working methods as well. We fully expect the teams to find hidden treasures and to uncover new stories about our collections in Ayrshire and beyond.”

Teams have also started work at Brodie Castle, Forres, Pitmedden Garden in Aberdeenshire, Newhailes in East Lothian, and the Hill House in Helensburgh. They will be blogging about their work as they go at www.nts.org.uk #ProjectReveal.