The Foundation has long supported work at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and in Fiscal Year 2018-19 we funded important structural repairs to the exterior of the Burns Cottage and the development of a public garden space behind the Cottage that has improved the environment for the benefit of the local Ayrshire community and is encouraging environmental conservation action at a local level.
Preston Mill’s Water Wheel
Made famous by its use as Lallybroch in Outlander, when you first see Preston Mill you might think you’ve taken a step back in time. Last winter, the Mill’s water wheel fused and would no longer turn. NTS USA partnered with NTS on what turned out to be a wildly successful social media crowdfunder to fund the repairs needed to fix the wheel. With the help of Outlander fans around the globe, and Outlander star Sam Heughan who has been vocal in his support of the campaign, the necessary funds were raised in just a couple short weeks!
The Fountain Court at Culzean Castle
With the help of members and friends who generously supported our 2018 annual appeal we were able to fully fund the restoration of the water feature at the center of Culzean Castle’s Fountain Court. The repairs are now complete and the magnificent fountain is fully functional again. The restoration work was completed with the expertise of Culzean’s own preservation stonemasons!
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