The end of an era - the Bannockburn Heritage Centre closes for demolition
29 Oct 2012
After almost 50 years, the Bannockburn Heritage Centre closes its doors to the public for the last time this week - Wednesday 31 October marks the end of its final visitor season.
The centre will then be demolished, marking another important milestone in the Battle of Bannockburn project.
The centre, which was built in the 60s, is an example of one of the many roadside tourist information centres which were built across the country as gateways to Scotland’s heritage. The centre’s interesting design has been recorded by the project and there are plans to produce a small publication which highlights its place in the architectural story of Scotland.
Work is currently underway on the construction of the new visitor centre. With the steel frame structure or ‘skeleton’ of the building recently completed this provides an impression of the scale and layout of the new building. Mansell Construction Ltd has also begun a series of conservation, enhancement and remedial works to the historic monuments at the site including the rotunda, flagpole and iconic Bruce statue, which will be restored to their former glory.
A temporary exhibition space will be open to the public near the building site from early November and the project’s learning team will start an exciting education outreach programme.
The temporary exhibition will provide an information point for the Battle of Bannockburn project and the heritage site for visitors who will continue to visit the place which has been a focus of commemoration for the battle for centuries.
For those looking to discover more about the history of Bannockburn, the HD movie which is shown as part of the experience at the closing heritage centre will be available to view. For those looking for more information on the future of Bannockburn, there will be internet access available directing people straight to the project website (www.battleofbannockburn.com) which is regularly updated with the latest media and news, and a member of staff will be on hand to answer any queries. A small shop will also offer bespoke range of products with the already award-winning Bannockburn brand.
David McAllister, Project Director, National Trust for Scotland said:
“The temporary exhibition will act as the key point for information on the Battle of Bannockburn project including the historic monuments at the Borestone site. It is not designed to be representative of what to expect in 2014, but to evoke the spirit of the project to heighten the sense of anticipation.
“With building, landscaping and conservation work all underway and at such a fast pace, visiting Bannockburn before the new visitor experience opens to the public in Spring 2014 will certainly provide an exciting taster of what’s to come.”
From November until the end of February, access to the temporary exhibition may be limited due to work going on onsite. Please call ahead before travelling on 0844 493 2139 or email Bannockburn@nts.org.uk for more details. From 1 March 2013, the temporary exhibition will be open 7 days from 10am until 5pm. Please also be aware that the onsite monuments will be covered for the coming months while vital conservation work is carried out. For more information, visit www.battleofbannockburn.com.