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Peter Pan plans come to life

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved proposed designs for Moat Brae House and garden as a National Centre for Children's Literature in Dumfries.

Author J.M Barrie spent a lot of time at the house, and the gardens are where he drew his inspiration for the story of Peter Pan.

The Moat Brae Trust say they are happy and relieved at the decision.

Creative Scotland supports Moat Brae Trust

Major new funding has been secured to help restore the house that inspired one of our best known children's stories.

Moat Brae House in Dumfries is where JM Barrie was inspired to write the famous children's book, Peter Pan.

More than half a million pounds has now been added to the trust, which aims to turn Moat Brae into a children's literature centre.

Lori Carnochan has more.

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Peter Pan house for children and adults

Moat Brae House in Dumfries has been awarded more than half a million pounds in funding from Creative Scotland.

Cathy Agnew, Project Director for Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, says their plans to turn the house into a children's literature centre will appeal to children - and their teachers too.

Cash for Dumfries Peter Pan house

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded six hundred and fifty thousand pounds from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House.

It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

An awfully big adventure for Peter Pan house

The writer, JM Barrie, used to live in the house. Credit: ITV Border

The Dumfries house connected to Peter Pan author JM Barrie has been awarded £650,000 from Creative Scotland.

The writer used to live in the town and took inspiration from the gardens at Moat Brae House. It's now undergoing a major restoration project to turn it into a children's literature centre.

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Dumfries children hunt for Neverland

Today is world book day and a group of children from Dumfries have been along to Moat Brae House to learn all about the story of Peter Pan.

The first phase of restoration works have just been completed, and a six weeks period of free public tours are starting this Saturday.

Lori Carnochan went along to join in the hunt for Neverland.

Dumfries children discover the story behind Peter Pan

A group of children from St Andrew’s primary school have been learning all about the story of Peter Pan, and went along to visit Moat Brae House to see where his inspiration came from.

Barbara Chierici Black is a teacher at St Andrews Credit: ITV News Border

Barbara Chierici Black is a teacher at the school. She said: “Obviously they know characters from the stories which we have discussed in the nursery, what type of character they were, whether they were a baddie or a goodie and why they were a goody or why they were a baddy."

She continued: "They’ve just thoroughly thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had a lot of parents helping and all the parents are getting involved and even the staff. “

Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. She hopes that lots of people will attend the free tours and give their feedback on the progress so far.

Cathy Agnew is the Project Director of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trus Credit: ITV News Border

She said: "We’d like people to come along and see what we’ve done so far, the end of the phase A works where we have this wind and water-tight shell and the house is saved.

"We want them to see what we’ve actually done and then have a look at our ideas and plans for the future, and we can tell them that it’s going to be a centre for children’s literature and story telling and they can have their say too."

Dumfries nursery children visit home of Peter Pan

Nursery school children from Dumfries have been visiting the home of Peter Pan to celebrate World Book Day.

The nursery children were from St Andrew's primary school in Dumfries Credit: ITV News Border

J.M Barrie used to play in Moat Brae house as a young boy, and it was where he was inspired to write the story of Peter Pan.

They were dressed up as characters from Peter Pan Credit: ITV News Border

The first phase of restoration works have just been completed and the Moat Brae Trust is launching a six-weeks of free public tours of the house.

World Book Day at Moat Brae House: Peter pan trails

World book day is being celebrated at Moat Brae House in Dumfries, where 20 school children are going along to learn about the story of Peter Pan.

Moat Brae House Credit: ITV
Peter Pan theme! Credit: ITV

J.M Barrie played in the gardens of the house as a young boy and that's where his inspiration came from to write Peter Pan.

The house is being renovated by the Moat Brae Trust and phase A of the restoration works is now complete.

Moat Brae Credit: ITV

The trust is using world book day to launch a six-week period of free public tours to allow people to see what progress has been made.

The building is now fully wind and water-tight and brand new windows have been installed.

Path leading to Neverland Credit: ITV

During the renovation works some small sections of original mosaics were uncovered. The intricate tesserae work features the classic scrolling detail popular in Greek -Revival decoration.

Mosaic Credit: Graeme Robertson

The first of the public tours will start this Saturday and the trust is inviting everyone to come along and give their comments on the progress.

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