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Scottish Civic Trust Celebrates 50 Years

12 May 2017

SCT Inauguration Invite

The Scottish Civic Trust, the national body for the civic movement in Scotland, celebrates its 50th birthday today, 12 May 2017.

Exactly 50 years ago, the trust held its inaugural meeting at the University of Glasgow.  Since then it has been at the heart of protecting, celebrating and recording Scotland's architecture and places, old and new.  Its many achievements include:

  • helping to save New Lanark from dereliction
  • establishing Doors Open Days in Scotland
  • managing the Buildings at Risk Register from 1990 to 2011
  • helping to establish a network of local civic trust across Scotland
  • establishing the Scottish Civic Trust My Place Awards and My Place Photography Competition for young people
  • helping to set up and run the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards
  • commenting on 1000s on planning applications
  • owning and maintaining the Category A Tobacco Merchant's House in Glasgow

In 2017 the Trust is marking its anniversary with a number of events.  The Scottish Civic Trust annual lecture took place on 25th April with architect David Martin telling the story of Glasgow's Merchant City; in May and June the Trust is running three events in collaboration with Glasgow City Heritage Trust on: tobacco merchants and shipbuilders, Glasgow's cinema history; and conservation areas.

The Trust will also be running past, present and future events in Perth, Paisley and Glasgow in the second half of the year.  A parliamentary reception on 16th May will bring together many of the people who support and work with Scottish Civic Trust and on 27th November an annual conference in Glasgow will look at 50 years of conservation areas in Scotland as 1967 was also the year of Civic Amenities Act .

John Pelan, Director of the Scottish Civic Trust said:

"Over the last 50 years the Scottish Civic Trust has played a crucial role in promoting civic pride and citizenship amongst Scotland's communities, young and old. We are proud to act as the national body for the civic movement in Scotland working in partnership with a network of people, communities and groups to understand, care for and improve their local environment for the wellbeing of all.

We co-ordinate several high-profile national projects, including the Civic Pride Campaign, Doors Open Days, My Place Awards, My Place Photography Competition and the Scottish Heritage Angel Awards.  The Trust also provides heritage consultancy services to local authorities, comments on planning applications, responds to policy consultations and works with a wide range of stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors.

We have a small, energetic and committed team at our offices in a Category A Listed building in Glasgow's Merchant City and a diverse and proactive board of trustees from a wide range of backgrounds.  We look forward to the next 50 years!"

Tree Planting

Above: tree planting as part of SCT's inauguration activities, 12 May 1967.