Projects

Find out about the variety of projects we have supported, from the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth to Gairloch and District Heritage Museum in the Highlands.

Breasclete Community Association (Urras an Taighe Mhoir)

We gave financial assistance to help the Association establish their Flannan Isles museum. The Association have obtained copies of the orignal drawings of the Keeper’s cottages. They hope to buy these and return them to something approaching their original condition before relocating the museum into the building.

Gairloch and District Heritage Museum

The museum is custodian of the original Rubha Reidh Lighthouse lense and is relocating to a new and much improved building. We agreed to help with new displays associated with the lense. Visit website 

Museum of Scottish Lighthouses

We’re continuing to support the work of the museum which includes providing funds for displays and exhibitions. One area we’re looking at is how we could help with a permanent display area for a number of significant buoys that have recently been refurbished at NLB’s Oban depot.

We are also undertaking some research into the history of a number of surviving very old conical riveted buoys.

North Carr Light Vessel

We’ve been in touch with the vessel’s owners regarding the ship’s future. The owners have a long term plan for the ship and in the meantime we will continue to liaise with them.

Stevenson drawings

We recently came into possession of a number of signed Stevenson original site drawings and sketches of various Pillar lights, some of which are beautifully detailed and very well preserved. We are currently arranging to have these scanned before they go to archive.

Mull of Galloway Experience

We gave a donation towards the restoration of the Kelvin K2 engine and coupled Alley McLelland air compressor which hadn’t been used for 30 years. The restored Kelvin engines are fired up on Sundays for the public.

3D Scanning

Earlier in the year, we financially supported the project to have 3D scans made of the reception area, boardroom and the Stevenson Rooms at NLB HQ.

Isle of May Project

We gave a contribution to support the work to conserve the armorial panel.

 

The Oral History Project is a large-scale fieldwork project undertaken by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh.   The project involves recording the oral testimonies of former lighthouse keepers and their families who served with Northern Lighthouse Board in Scotland.  The collected material will ultimately be deposited in the School of Scottish Studies Archive, University of Edinburgh, for the availability of future researchers.

The project is now in its third and final phase with the focus on Northern Lighthouse Board staff based in Edinburgh.

Listen to Paul Curry discussing his experience of working for the Northern Lighthouse Board.

We continue to support the work of the Museum at Fraserburgh, which includes providing funding for displays and exhibitions. We’re currently looking at how we could help with a permanent display area for a number of significant buoys that were refurbished at our Oban depot. We are also undertaking some research into the history of a number of surviving very old conical riveted buoys.