South of Scotland MSP Paul Wheelhouse has helped put Eyemouth Fort back on the map with an event in the Scottish Parliament.
Hosted in conjunction with the Friends of the Fort Eyemouth, Paul, from Ayton, welcomed MSPs, representatives from the Eyemouth community and the research team at the University of St Andrews, who have been assisting with the archaeological investigations and historical research on Eyemouth Fort, to the Scottish Parliament.
Guests were welcomed to an evening reception to celebrate: both the pioneering work being conducted to understand the history of and preserve the archaeological remains at the Eyemouth Fort; and also to celebrate the community involvement in rediscovering the Fort.
Following last week’s event, Paul said: “I am always delighted to promote the work of the fantastic communities we have in the Scottish Borders at events in the Parliament and I am especially pleased, given my own fascination with local history and Scottish history, about the efforts they go to in order to preserve our heritage and culture and, in this case, provide excellent educational opportunities in Berwickshire.
“The Friends of the Fort have gone from strength to strength in recent months and alongside the support of the SCAPE team based at the University of St Andrews have been able to uncover a treasure trove of information about the Fort while involving the whole community in Eyemouth.
“To bring the Eyemouth Fort 3D model to Parliament was a real treat for the team who have worked hard to achieve a great profile for the project locally and for the event guests who were given a great insight into the Fort as well as the wider project.
“I hope other communities are able to look to the Friends of the Fort in Eyemouth with the admiration I have for them and are encouraged to consider their own community based project to ensure the preservation of historical artefacts at risk of being lost to coastal erosion or development pressures.
“I would also encourage people in Berwickshire to visit the Eyemouth Museum exhibition dedicated to the Eyemouth Fort model for a brilliant insight into our past, in the last few weeks before the end of the Museum season.
“The 3D model is a real hit and it affords children a great opportunity to learn about the crucial role Eyemouth has played in Scotland’s history and to take a virtual tour of the Fort as it once was.”