House of the Binns reopens tomorrow

THE House of the Binns reopens tomorrow following major conservation work.

The restoration project is part of the National Trust for Scotland’s ten-year strategy – “Nature, Beauty & Heritage for Everyone” – which was launched at the 17th-century country house a year ago.

The conservation charity, which has been caring for House of the Binns since 1944, said tomorrow marks the first time that the public will have been able to see the house’s interior since before the coronavirus lockdowns.

The House of the Binns is still home to Kathleen Dalyell, the widow of Tam Dalyell, who served as a member of parliament for 42 years.

Dalyell – who is a former manager of the property, member of the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland, and chair of the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) – said: “It is with a great sense of satisfaction and appreciation of the continuity of life through difficult times that I see the fruits of this past year’s labours by the trust.

“I have been impressed at the thought and hard work that has gone into restoring and stabilising the roof, along with work on the heating and electrical systems – all ‘behind the scenes’, but an important investment for the future.

“I am sure the redecoration and re-displaying of the collection ‘front of house’ will be of interest and a delight to visitors.”

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