The Trust’s vision for the future is appropriately ambitious, the product of years of thought and accumulated experience. The aim is a self-sustaining future which ensure the work of the Trust can be continued, enhanced and expanded, so that Battle of Prestonpans can be interpreted in a way that befits its significance. It will also serve as an important economic asset to the local community, and a leading player in East Lothian’s important tourism offer. This vision is no mere dream; it is based on a comprehensive evaluation of the best options for the future, and a detailed rationale is available for further information.
The Trust has identified potential locations for the centre which provide exciting opportunities, and after further discussions and consultation we aim to make a decision on the final site in the near future. The space requirements have already been identified by our architects and we have a clear understanding of how the visitor experience would be structured. We are now actively preparing for the essential next steps which will lead us towards our goals.
Following a process of further consultation on our Vision For Victory in the Spring of 2019, our prospectus will be refined to form the basis of our strategic plan and an approach to funders to support our 2020-2023 pathway to victory.
The Trust would then seek to expand its dedicated project team, based in offices at the Prestoungrange Gothenburg on Prestonpans High Street, and detailed business plans for the centre would be completed in anticipation of a national fundraising campaign. The Gothenburg HQ would also host a series of events and exhibitions.
The 275th anniversary of the battle in 2020 coincides with the tenth anniversary of the launch of The Prestonpans Tapestry. To mark the occasion, the Trust will hold a final tour of the Tapestry to a select number of venues across the nation, before removing it from display for conservation and preparation for permanent housing. The Trust will also hold a special exhibition at the John Gray Centre Museum in Haddington, and a programme of events showcasing the cultural legacy of the battle.
As fundraising continues, aspects of the centre’s planned activity programmes will be piloted to increase the battlefield’s visitor profile and prepare the team to hit the ground running once the facility is operation. Our online presence will be streamlined and a new database of supporters – the “Friends of the Prince” – will be created and nurtured, incorporating the existing Friends of the Prestonpans Tapestries
A world-class historical attraction, a future worthy of the past, the living history centre would open to visitors in 2023.