Ice forming on a 20-inch signal projector on the cruiser HMS Sheffield while she is helping to escort an Arctic convoy to Russia (copyright expired - public domain)

Russian Arctic Convoy Project awarded £72,820 by Scottish Land Fund

Patrick Steel, 22.08.2018
Money will go towards purchase and renovation of the venue
The Russian Arctic Convoy Project (RACP), in Aultbea, Scotland, has been awarded £72,820 by the Scottish Land Fund, which it will use to purchase and renovate the museum venue.

“Ownership of the exhibition centre gives us the freedom to renovate and improve our display space, and to fully develop our memorial garden concept,” said a spokesman for the project. “This is the culmination of hundreds of man hours from the RACP team, and it is so wonderful to have a positive outcome from all that hard work.

“We are hugely grateful to the Scottish Land Fund, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Big Lottery Fund for seeing the great potential of our project and for enabling us to progress it to the next level.”

The volunteer-run organisation was previously hiring the premises, a former butcher’s shop. The money will also be used to create a World War Two trail with interpretation panels and preserve a number of wartime buildings on the site around Loch Ewe, from where many of the convoys departed.

The refurbishment will begin at the end of October, when the exhibition centre closes.

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