Moat Brae Secures UK Community Renewal Fund Award for Ambitious New Project


Moat Brae has been awarded £280,000 through the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund to develop a “world class visitor attraction” in the form of a new immersive exhibition based on classic children’s literature. The project will see them collaborate with a leading design company. As part of the Moat Brae project, local businesses will be able to tender for production contracts meaning local artists and craftspeople will get the chance to work with a world-renowned design team on a cutting-edge new production. The exhibition is set to go live in the summer of 2022 and is expected to attract visitors from all over the world which will in turn boost the regional economy.  

Centre Director Dr Simon Davidson said “We’re over the moon to have been successful in our bid to the UKCRF. This is an ambitious project that will see us partner with a cutting edge artistic designer to create an immersive exhibition based around classic children’s literature.”

“The exhibition itself will transform large areas of the house into a netherworld of ever-changing, well-loved literary landscapes and we anticipate the exhibition will attract visitors to Dumfries from all over the world meaning the boost to the regional economy will be substantial. I also hope it will give the people of Dumfries & Galloway a new cultural asset they can be proud of.”

Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust Chair Flora Burns said “This is such welcome news and we feel very fortunate that we have won through. The award will help us see through our long held ambition for a world class visitor destination at Moat Brae, the birth place of Peter Pan, inspired by classic books for children. We can’t wait to get on with the work and make it all happen in 2022 without any need for pixie dust!”

Scottish Secretary and Dumfries & Galloway MP Alister Jack said “I’m delighted that the contribution of £280,237 from the UK Government Community Renewal Fund has now been confirmed and will help make possible a unique immersive exhibition which, I understand, could greatly enhance the Moat Brae experience and the destination’s appeal to visitors.

“This should bring many more people from across the UK and overseas and, with Moat Brae’s central location, I believe could assist with Dumfries town centre’s long-term regeneration as a vibrant regional hub, a prospect very close to my heart.”

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