Restoration of the house and garden that inspired ‘Peter Pan’ will provide a new home for children’s literature in Scotland.

Photo of a Peter Pan statue in a window
Moat Brae house

Graeme Robertson

The opening of Scotland’s first centre for children’s literature and story-telling comes a step closer following a £700k Creative Scotland grant to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust. The project was inspired by the work of J M Barrie, who acknowledged Moat Brae house and gardens in Dumfries & Galloway as being “the genesis” for his classic tale Peter Pan. The award will enable the Trust to restore the house, and the garden will be re-invented as ‘J M Barrie’s Neverland’. 

This is one of three new Creative Scotland grants totalling £1.35m, all supporting plans to transform cultural facilities and landscapes. Funding has also been earmarked for the restoration and upgrading of one of the UK’s oldest cinemas, in Campbeltown, Argyll and Bute, and for a major public art commission in the Highlands along the banks of the River Ness. This will form an integral part of the major Flood Alleviation Scheme for the city of Inverness.

Liz Hill