Shambellie House was gifted to the Scottish nation in 1977 when it became the National Museum of Costume. The museum closed in 2013 and the Shambellie House Trust was created to find an alternative use for the building. The Trustees have worked hard to develop this project and on 1st July 2021 the Scottish Government passed ownership of Shambellie House and its grounds to the Trust.
A New Future
The Trust and its members are a group of local volunteers who are passionate about designing a new future for Shambellie. Our vision has been to turn Shambellie and its grounds into a creative tourism destination, and a hub for supporting small and micro businesses operating in the creative sector.
We have spent the last few years researching the market, visiting other examples of place based creative destinations and speaking with local tutors, creative practitioners, and partner organisations. We also raised the funds to repair and make some alterations to the House to allow it to be used for short courses.
Due to the pandemic the Board decided to split the project into a series of phases so that we could secure the future of the House as soon as possible. We will be carrying out further work to the House including installing lifts and wheelchair access to all floor levels, increasing parking, managing the landscape and bringing all the rooms into use. In the longer term our ambition is to build an extension to provide additional facilities, improve access and provide an accommodation wing to allow us to deliver short residential courses.