The Thirlestane Castle Trust

Thirlestane Castle, an outstanding A-listed building dating to the 14th century, is located in a stunning designed landscape close to Lauder in the Scottish Borders. An accredited museum since 1993, the building retains its period features, interiors and highly significant collection relating to its important role in the history of Scotland, the Maitland family home and its use as a working estate. The collection includes paintings, family history, archives and the photographic collection of the 14th Earl of Lauderdale. 

With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund through the Transition Funding programme, Jura Consultants led a multi-disiplinary team which included LDN Architects, Campbell and Co Museums Exhibition and Heritage Design, Ironside Farrar Environmental Consultants, Morham and Brotchie Chartered Quantity Surveyors and Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers. The project considered how to improve the current visitor offer whilst exploring the feasibility of an exciting new diversification strategy. A range of planning work developed and tested proposals that aimed to provide a secure and sustainable future for Thirlestane Castle and the charitable Trust that operates the site. In early 2017, Thirlestane Castle received the largest ever funding award from LEADER in the Scottish Borders of £150,000.