12 May 2017
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
- 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
- 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
- commenting on 1000s on planning applications
- owning and maintaining the Category A Tobacco Merchant's House
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
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!"
Above: tree planting as part of SCT's inauguration
activities, 12 May 1967.