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Lews Castle wins big on the lottery

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March 29 2010

Lews Castle wins big on the lottery
A derelict castle on the Isle of Lewis has been awarded development funding of £240k from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with outline proposals for a further £2.6m bid approved in principal.

The money will be allocated toward restoration of the castle and creation of a museum and archive alongside a “commercially operated hospitality venture.”

This centre would be used as a base to coordinate community heritage work in over 20 separate sites throughout the Outer Hebrides.

Lews Castle was built from the proceeds of the Chinese opium trade by James Matheson in 1847 and is currently on the Buildings at Risk Register.

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