Exciting News from Moat Brae


A message from our Chairman

I want you to be among the first to hear our exciting news. The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust has finally secured the funds necessary to begin the important restoration of Moat Brae house and garden to create a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in the heart of Dumfries.

From the beginning of April, it will be ‘all systems go’ as our newly-appointed contractors Balfour Beatty and our design team, led by LDN Architects move on site. They will begin an 18-month restoration and building programme to prepare the house for its new purpose, complete with a beautifully landscaped and planted Neverland Discovery Garden, a learning and education suite, café, shop and magical interpretation to inspire visitors and reveal the many stories the house has to tell.

Our Board of trustees, volunteers and staff team have done a truly remarkable job in enabling us to reach this important milestone. However, your continued support, also, has played a vital role in getting us to this stage.  I am so grateful to you. Thank you.  Moat Brae now has the potential to make a very real difference to the futures of the young people of Dumfries and Galloway and it stands to make a significant contribution to the economic prospects of Dumfries.

There is still much work to be done and funds to be raised for specific features at Moat Brae, and we will keep in touch with you as the next chapter of our development unfolds. But most importantly, we look forward to welcoming you to the newly restored Moat Brae when it opens at the end of 2018 as a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling. It is so exciting that Moat Brae is set to become an inspirational year-round local, national and international visitor attraction and resource for all ages to enjoy.

Dame Barbara Kelly
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
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