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 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.
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."
The house in Dumfries that inspired the writer JM Barrie to dream up the Peter Pan story will be transformed into a centre for children's literature.
Building contractors employed by the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust are due to start work on January 21st.
Phase one should take about 9 months to complete and will involve putting a new roof on the house, repairing external walls and replacing defective walls, floors and ceilings inside.
The Trust said that the work would result in a wind and watertight structure.
Work on the next phase of its development as a national centre for children’s literature can then begin.
The initial work will cost around £0.75 million and is being funded by Historic Scotland, the Garfield Weston Foundation, William Grant and Sons, family trusts and private donations.
We are very pleased to reach another significant stage in our efforts to save and restore Moat Brae and our eventual aim of opening a national centre for children’s literature. Today’s announcement means jobs for the region and brings us closer to establishing a newfocus to help in the regeneration of Dumfries. T Graham and Son have an excellent track record in conservation schemes like this one and we are delighted to have been able toappoint them as contractors for the Moat Brae restoration project.
– Dame Barbara Kelly, Chairman of The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust