The Peter Pan Trust has received significant funding towards its goal of converting the Dumfries house that inspired JM Barrie to write ‘Peter Pan’ into a centre for children’s literature and storytelling.
Moat Brae set to be transformed into new centre for children’s literature
A Heritage Lottery Grand of £1.78m will go towards creating the major new visitor attraction at Moat Brae House and its gardens. Planning permission and Listed Building Consent have recently been granted to the Peter Pan Trust which, along with LDN Architects, has produced designs for the final development of Moat Brae. Plans include new exhibition space within the existing building and two new extensions on either side of the property, one to house visitor facilities including a shop and a café, and the other to provide a learning and education suite. The property is due to open to the public in 2017.
The trust’s patron, Joanna Lumley, commented: “These grants will make a sensational difference to Moat Brae. It means that we can now move swiftly towards our goals of restoring the house and garden in readiness for its role in the literary life of children in Scotland. Our aims are to nurture the memories of past writers and to encourage the emergence of new young talent: to respect our extraordinary literary inheritance and to enable children’s imaginations to fly, like Peter Pan.”