STAPT limited

RCN SC011782, St Andrews

The Trust seeks to preserve the historic character of St Andrews through its activities. One of the Trust's key objectives is to redevelop its social history museum, St Andrews Heritage Museum & Garden.

STAPT limited

St Andrews Preservation Trust is embarking on its first-ever major redevelopment to modernise its Heritage Museum and secure its long-term future. St Andrews Heritage Museum & Gardens is an independent and Accredited social history museum located in a Grade B listed 17th century former fisher cottage in the heart of St Andrews. The Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of local people, businesses, and organisations.

The Trust opened the Museum in 1982 thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of local people who identified the need for local stories to be told. In 2023, the Museum received over 18,000 visitors, benefitted from over 4,000 volunteer hours, and co-curated 5 exhibitions with local groups.

The redevelopment will provide essential facilities (including visitor toilets!), make essential repairs to and insulate the roof, provide better physical access, and create a new and accessible temporary exhibition and events space for visitors and local groups to enjoy. All permanent exhibition spaces will be refreshed and focus on the history of St Andrews, the house and its former occupants (from fisherfolk to Polish soldiers), and the social history of the Town. 

£1.7 million pounds is required to deliver this transformational project, with a planned re-opening of Summer 2025. Trust Staff and Volunteers have been working hard to raise the funds required and, as of April 2024, 83% of project costs have been secured. The National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF) has awarded the project a fantastic £630,688 to enable the project to get underway.

This is an exciting time for the Trust and we hope you can join us on this journey to preserve the rich social history of St Andrews. Donations to the Trust will help fund the following project costs:

£10 will fund 1 reclaimed pantile for our restored roof. Around 900 pantiles are to be replaced.

£25 will fund an outreach session with a local school.

£50 will fund a training session for 2 volunteers.

£100 will fund an Autism-friendly sensory backpack.

£250 will fund the design and creation of a new exhibition panel.

£500 will fund the redecoration of a permanent exhibition space.

£1,000 will fund a Museum Loans Box for local schools and groups to enjoy.

£2,500 will fund a new display cabinet.

£5,000 will fund the creation of a Gallery interactive.


5th April 2024 at 3:25pm

pledged £150 + an est. £37.50 in Gift Aid

5th April 2024 at 2:33pm

pledged £10 + an est. £2.50 in Gift Aid

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