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Exclusive: Joanna Lumley aims to open up a 'world of stories' as patron of Peter Pan literary attraction in Scotland
POSTED 27 Nov 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
Moat Brae will give children and young people access to a whole new world of stories and creativity
– Joanna Lumley
With work well underway to develop a Peter Pan-themed literary visitor attraction in Scotland, its patron, Joanna Lumley, has spoken to Attractions Management about the scheme and what it will mean for a "forgotten corner of Scotland".

Expected to draw around 250,000 visitors a year to the Dumfries area of the country, the historic Moat Brae house – the inspiration for writer JM Barrie's Peter Pan – is undergoing a major redevelopment to transform it into a national centre for children’s literature and storytelling.

Lumley – who boasts an acting career spanning nearly five decades, has backed the project, throwing her weight behind it as the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust’s patron.

"Moat Brae matters on many levels," said Lumley, speaking to Attractions Management. "Dumfries and the wider region have had a tough time economically for many years and a new international visitor attraction will make a valuable contribution to all the regeneration work taking place. It’s a very beautiful part of Britain and once people discover it they often return."

The Moat Brae Trust was established in 2009, to save the Georgian-era property, which was just three days away from being demolished when it was taken over by the group. Plans were then made to develop the historic location as the country’s first centre for children’s literature, with Lumley helping to raise £6.1m (US$8m, €6.9m) of the £8m (US$10.4m, €9m) needed for the full restoration.

"Ultimately my role is to focus attention on the really important things," she said. "That means shining a spotlight on the efforts being made by staff and volunteers at Moat Brae to create something that’ll be very special in the lives of generations of children."

As the birthplace of Peter Pan, the building and its gardens have a significant place in literary history. For Lumley, though it’s not just about the past, but also the future – the house will act as a place of inspiration for young people who are interested in the creative realms of writing, acting and art.

"Moat Brae will give children and young people access to a whole new world of stories and creativity," she said.

"Firing young imaginations is enormously important and that’s what Moat Brae is all about. The more we can ignite a love of stories in young people, the better. It’s by doing this that we will nurture the next generation of readers, writers, illustrators, actors, games designers and other creative adults."

To hear more from Joanna Lumley, check out the latest issue of Attractions Management, available here.
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Exclusive: Joanna Lumley aims to open up a 'world of stories' as patron of Peter Pan literary attraction in Scotland
POSTED 27 Nov 2018 . BY Tom Anstey
Moat Brae will give children and young people access to a whole new world of stories and creativity
– Joanna Lumley
With work well underway to develop a Peter Pan-themed literary visitor attraction in Scotland, its patron, Joanna Lumley, has spoken to Attractions Management about the scheme and what it will mean for a "forgotten corner of Scotland".

Expected to draw around 250,000 visitors a year to the Dumfries area of the country, the historic Moat Brae house – the inspiration for writer JM Barrie's Peter Pan – is undergoing a major redevelopment to transform it into a national centre for children’s literature and storytelling.

Lumley – who boasts an acting career spanning nearly five decades, has backed the project, throwing her weight behind it as the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust’s patron.

"Moat Brae matters on many levels," said Lumley, speaking to Attractions Management. "Dumfries and the wider region have had a tough time economically for many years and a new international visitor attraction will make a valuable contribution to all the regeneration work taking place. It’s a very beautiful part of Britain and once people discover it they often return."

The Moat Brae Trust was established in 2009, to save the Georgian-era property, which was just three days away from being demolished when it was taken over by the group. Plans were then made to develop the historic location as the country’s first centre for children’s literature, with Lumley helping to raise £6.1m (US$8m, €6.9m) of the £8m (US$10.4m, €9m) needed for the full restoration.

"Ultimately my role is to focus attention on the really important things," she said. "That means shining a spotlight on the efforts being made by staff and volunteers at Moat Brae to create something that’ll be very special in the lives of generations of children."

As the birthplace of Peter Pan, the building and its gardens have a significant place in literary history. For Lumley, though it’s not just about the past, but also the future – the house will act as a place of inspiration for young people who are interested in the creative realms of writing, acting and art.

"Moat Brae will give children and young people access to a whole new world of stories and creativity," she said.

"Firing young imaginations is enormously important and that’s what Moat Brae is all about. The more we can ignite a love of stories in young people, the better. It’s by doing this that we will nurture the next generation of readers, writers, illustrators, actors, games designers and other creative adults."

To hear more from Joanna Lumley, check out the latest issue of Attractions Management, available here.
LDN Architects are behind the Moat Brae redevelopment
The house and its grounds were the inspiration for the Peter Pan story
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FEATURE: People profile: Joanna Lumley


Iconic British actress Joanna Lumley has given her patronage to a Peter Pan-themed literary visitor attraction
Joanna Lumley-backed Peter Pan centre to open late 2018 in Scotland


The inspiration behind the Peter Pan story, Moat Brae House, is being fully restored and turned into the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries, Scotland.
MORE NEWS
Kew Gardens opens giant natural play zone
Inspired to encourage children to develop a lasting relationship with plants and nature, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London is all set to open its giant new Children’s Garden to the public this weekend (18 May).
IAAPA returns to Shanghai in June with rebranded Asian expo
Formerly the Asian Attractions Expo, (AAE) the newly-rechristened IAAPA Expo Asia (IEA) takes its first steps under its new name from 11-14 June.
17th annual Museums and Heritage awards honour 'innovative and ground-breaking initiatives'
The winners of the Museums + Heritage Awards were announced in London last night (15 May), with museums large and small being honoured and Sir David Attenborough picking up a Special Recognition Award.
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Job location: Bakewell, UK
Children's Garden Hosts
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Salary: £18,589 per annum pro rata
Job location: Richmond, UK
Duty Manager
Dinotropolis
Salary: £20-£25K depending on experience.
Job location: Dartford, UK
Operations Manager
Wild Life
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Whitsundays QLD, Australia
Head of Central Scheduling and Planning
Merlin Entertainments Group
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Job location: Goshen, New York, USA
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