The Cutty Sark Museum Project has had a big anchoragement after a Gourdon business has come on board.
Managed by Mearns Heritage Services, the project has been under way in partnership with local schools since the summer of 2016.
A potential building for the museum was identified in Inverbervie, the birthplace of Hercules Linton, designer of the famous Cutty Sark, but as a result of some local objections this had to be abandoned.
Bervie, Glenbervie and Auchenblae primary schools have all been working with Mearns Heritage Services on projects to develop an integrated project, which draws together, the various connections between Robert Burns, Tam o’ Shanter, the Bard’s father William Burnes who was born at Clochnahill outside Stonehaven, Cutty Sark and Linton.
An interactive ‘virtual’ museum - where information, design, audio links, graphics and photography in an interactive website, will inform the final design and size of the museum building - will be developed.
Gourdon-based Fotheringham Property Developments has sponsored the project, which its director Dave Ramsay is much more than just financial support.
He said: “What we have through this sponsorship, is access to high quality, specialised, architectural and property development and project management, to industry standards.
“When it comes to the final specification of the museum, and identification of a building to suit our needs, we then have the expertise of a highly experienced property development team, who can assist with all the specialist information required for grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies.
“This is what makes this partnership support by Fotheringham Property Developments so valuable.
“It also a quirky coincidence that the new HQ of Fotheringham Property Developments is based at the Linton Business Park, Gourdon.”
Company managing director Allan Fotheringham Senior said: “As a local business we see great value in supporting other local organisations and endeavour to do so.
“When Dave approached us about the prospect of creating a Cutty Sark Museum, we could see his vision and enthusiasm for the project and were delighted to support it both financially and with our expertise to help make this vision become a reality.”
George McGillivray, web designer of Webecom Marketing, will be leading on the design aspects of the project, while a skilled team, of heritage and graphics specialists, coordinated by Dave, will provide the inputs to the website.
George has a wide experience of developing specialist heritage sites to suit an extensive range of purposes and audiences.
The project has support from Aberdeenshire Council, Viscount and Viscountess Arbuthnott, Cutty Sark Museum Greenwich, and the Eyemouth Maritime Heritage Centre, birthplace of Jock (White Hat) Willis, who commissioned the Cutty Sark for the tea trade.
Ronan Littlejohn of Johnshaven, is putting together a small team of cyclists for a sponsored cycle ride from Invervbervie to Dumbarton, where Cutty Sark was built and launched in November 1869.
Dave concluded: “Given the level of specialist and community support, which we have encouraged, I have no doubt that we will create a viable and valuable visitor attraction which will recognise the unique story of Hercules Linton, Cutty Sark, and Inverbervie.”
The website and ‘virtual’ Museum, and all the work of the schools, additional features and special exhibits, will be formally launched at a special event on May 15 to commemorate the death of Hercules Linton on that date in 1900.