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An exhibition about the Beatons of Pennycross will be held in the Pennyghael Community Hall from Saturday, May 30th to Saturday, June 13th 2020. You will have the opportunity to find out about the origins of the family;  their association with the powerful Lords of the Isles;  their medical training; their Library of priceless Gaelic manuscripts; their formidable knowledge of classical medicine combined with their use of local herbal traditions and the establishment of one of the earliest physick gardens in Scotland.

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Ulva House Press Release

Secure future for Ulva House a step closer.

Plans by the North West Mull Community Woodland Company to refurbish Ulva House, the Grade B estate house on the community-owned island of Ulva received a critical boost with the announcement of two key funding awards: £812,682  from the Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund (NCHF), and £212,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  The project, Stòras Ulbha, is part of a new £5 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by Scottish Natural Heritage and is part-funded through the European Development Fund (ERDF).

The renovated building will house a heritage centre telling the story of Ulva’s people and will also contain an annexe providing self-catering accommodation. We are now looking to appoint a project manager with work starting on the refurbishment towards the end of 2020 and the new centre open to the public in the summer of 2021.

The project will celebrate Ulva’s People – the impact they have had in history across the world, and the impact they will have in building a new community on the island. The story of Ulva is a microcosm of the story of Scotland’s remote communities both in the impacts of clearance and depopulation and the drive today to sustainably repopulate and regenerate some of Scotland’s most beautiful and remote places. The visitor, interpretation and education centre will include a fully integrated digital offering that will be accessible to new audiences to Ulva who may never visit and will also enhance the experience of the physical visitor.

Ulva House is Grade B Listed. Built in the 1950s, it is a rare and significant example of a large mansion house of the early post-war building period in Scotland which is largely unaltered. It is by an important 20th-century Scottish architect, Leslie Grahame-Thomson, with an unusual and distinctive regency style interior scheme.

Commenting on the award Colin Morrison, Chair of North West Mull Community Woodland Company, said “We are thrilled to have received these awards which will see the restoration and repurposing of a key island building, bring it into community use for the first time and showcase Ulva’s extensive natural and cultural heritage. Finding a sustainable use for Ulva House, alongside the refurbishment of the residential properties on Ulva, are key aspects of the overall regeneration strategy for the island which secured the original community buyout funding”.

The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund will encourage people to visit some of the more remote and rural areas and create and sustain jobs, businesses and services in local communities. The purpose of the fund is to promote and develop the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and islands in a way that conserves and protects them.