In 2007, Abbotsford came under the care of The Abbotsford Trust – a new charitable trust created following the death of Dame Jean Maxwell-Scott, the last descendant of Scott to live at Abbotsford.
The Patron is The Duke of Buccleuch and the Trust aims to preserve and protect Abbotsford for future generations and act as a guardian of Scott’s legacy by continuing to educate the public about his home and his work.
In order to guarantee Abbotsford’s long-term future as a visitor attraction, the Trust began to raise the £14.5 million required to save the house, its buildings, lands and contents for Scotland and the wider world in 2009.
With help from statutory bodies, such as The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland, over £12 million was raised for the capital project which has allowed us to restore and conserve the house and its collection of 9,000 books and 4,000 objects, all of which were collected by Scott.
Alongside the restoration of the house a new Visitor Centre was created, including a free to access introductory exhibition on Sir Walter Scott and Abbotsford; this opened in August 2012 and had welcomed over 35,000 visitors by the following July, despite the historic house still being closed for restoration. In July 2013 the house successfully reopened to the public and welcomed over 70,000 visitors in its first season following redevelopment.
An Endowment Fund has been established to support essential heritage maintenance costs. In addition the Trust continues to fund raise for educational and community programmes; hosting visits for people of a range of backgrounds who would otherwise not visit Abbotsford, and who gain from the facilities and experiences we can offer. A range of conservation and restoration projects, access to our world famous collection, and support for our volunteering programme also require ongoing financial support.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG, GCVO
The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KBE FRSE DL
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Rt Hon W. James Wolffe QC LLD (Hon) FRSE FSAScot FRIAS (Hon)
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
- Sheila Robertson
- John Waddell
- Professor Alison Lumsden
- Martin Fairley
- Roddy Dunlop QC
- Matthew Maxwell Scott
- Sarah Whitley
- Stephen Spencer
- Debbie Kerr
- George Dalgleish