Learning centre plan gains funding boost

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A PLAN to create The Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning and Conservation at a historic building in the Royal Mile has received an initial thumbs-up for funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Riddle’s Court, which was once home to David Hume, was also turned into a university hall by Patrick Geddes.

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust now hopes to secure £2.4 million from the lottery and has received a “first round pass”, indicating an early endorsement for the outline plans. The SHBT will now embark on a two-year development phase, including a fundraising campaign.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund in Scotland, said: “This project will totally rejuvenate this fine, medieval building.”