Conserving Culloden Battlefield
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In the 2021 National Trust for Scotland-1745 Association Annual Culloden Lecture on 'Tourism, Research and Conservation at Culloden Battlefield, 1746-2021', Andrew Grant McKenzie describes the multiple threats to the battlefield posed by commercial development proposals, and expresses the hope that a land purchase programme by the National Trust for Scotland to assemble the entire battlefield under single ownership may preserve it for future generations. The alternative 'business as usual' scenario poses the very real risk that there will be no Annual Culloden Commemoration in a hundred years' time, for the simple reason that there will be no Culloden Battlefield to commemorate, only a series of Viewhill Farm / Treetops - type developments where the battlefield used to be.
Andrew worked with the NTS at the Culloden Battlefield between 2008 and 2018, latterly as its Property Manager, and draws extensively on his first-hand experience there to assess the current position and future prospects for the conservation of the battlefield.
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