Canal heritage project awarded Coasts and Waters funding

Glasgow Canal Co-op has received funding from Historic Environment Scotland (HES) as part of Scotland’s Year of Coast and Waters for a project to research and promote the heritage of the canal area in north Glasgow.

Historic Environment Scotland announced funding of £194,349 to 18 community-based projects to protect, promote or engage with Scotland’s coastal or waterway heritage as part of its Coast and Waters Heritage Fund.

Glasgow Canal Co-op was awarded £13,416 for a project to increase the understanding of the canal’s heritage through community engagement activities. 

The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund is a one-off competitive fund which launched in March to celebrate Scotland’s themed year. 

Historically significant

Christine Kuhn, Chair of the Glasgow Canal Co-op, said: “Glasgow’s canal was built by ordinary people and played a key role in building and shaping our city. Today, the canal and the surrounding area continues to be shaped by people who wish to see its heritage celebrated.

“This funding from Historic Environment Scotland will allow us to connect with local communities and people across Glasgow who would benefit most from learning about, exploring and enjoying the unique environment and social history of north Glasgow’s stretch of the Forth and Clyde Canal.

“We look forward to working closely with our members from Hamiltonhill Claypits Local Nature Reserve, Navvies’ Barge, Scottish Canals and others, to explore the cultural evolution of the canal and share this special and historically significant part of the city with others.”

Empower communities

Amy Eastwood, Head of Grants at HES, said: “We are pleased to support these 18 projects as part of our Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund. 

“From Dumfries and Galloway to the Highlands and Islands, these projects cover a wide geographical spread and showcase the fantastic work that goes on within communities across the country to harness, highlight and help to place a spotlight on Scotland’s diverse coastal heritage.” 

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HES, said: “The Coasts and Waters Heritage Fund was launched to empower communities to protect, promote and engage with Scotland’s coastal and waterway heritage as well as adapting to the effects of current challenges such as climate change. 

“I am confident that these projects will deliver significant benefits to local communities throughout Scotland and I look forward to seeing the progress unfold over the next few months.”