Scotland’s industrial heritage scoops prize

The project to save Stanley Mills, the former water-powered cotton mill complex on the River Tay near Perth in Scotland, has won a prestigious international award.

Stanley Mills
The project, led by Historic Scotland, shares with The Prince’s Regeneration Trust the 2009 European Union Prize for Culture Heritage/Europa Nostra award for their roles in securing the mills’ future. The first mill here was built in 1786, but they all went out of production in 1989 and faced demolition until acquired by Historic Scotland in 1995. The Bell Mill, one of the oldest surviving factories in the world, and part of Mid Mill, built in the 1820s, now form a hi-tech visitor attraction which tells the story of Stanley Mills, turning a dilapidated riverside site into one of Scotland’s most interesting early industrial heritage attractions.