Johnshaven Lifeboat shed shortlisted for award

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The newly renovated Lifeboat House on Johnshaven’s harbour front is in the running for the award in recognition of its innovative design, and clever use of space that allow it to host a range of events, performances, exhibitions and educational activities.

Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society secured funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund and Eneco in 2012 to convert the disused Lifeboat House into a vibrant and dynamic community venue. The renovations were completed in August this year and the venue opened to the public as part of the annual Fish Festival event on 9th August; over 1000 people visited the Lifeboat House during this opening weekend.

The competition drew entries from all over Scotland with stiff competition to win the accolade as the most commercially innovative museum in Scotland. The panel, comprising experts from MGS and Arts & Business Scotland, said that the three projects demonstrated a dedication to learning and development and a focus on engaging particular audiences. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony on October 24 in Glasgow.

The Lifeboat House was gifted to the Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society in the 1990s in order to house a growing collection of photographs and objects related to the history of the area and most notably its strong fishing heritage.

Find out more by liking The Lifeboat House’s newly created Facebook page!

For more information contact: Ingrid Leon, Project Co-ordinator 01561 340543/