News. The Prince’s Foundation: a new beginning

12th of March, 2018

We are proud to announce that Dumfries House is now part of The Prince’s Foundation – a charity that comprises four of HRH The Prince of Wales’s existing charities: The Prince’s Regeneration Trust, The Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities, The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts and The Great Steward of Scotland’s Dumfries House Trust. This newly amalgamated force is tasked with achieving HRH’s goal of creating harmonious communities through three core tiers.

Firstly, Education: the Foundation will continue to give people access to innovative, skills-based courses in a broad range of subjects, from traditional arts and science to heritage crafts, horticulture, health and personal care, all carried out with an emphasis on the greater social cohesion that transpires when members of a community learn, as well as live, together. Programmes will operate within and beyond the confines of the charity’s sites. These naturally include all our teaching facilities at Dumfries House, in addition to The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts in London, where a range of art programmes are on offer.

Secondly, the Projects tier concentrates on the restoration of historic buildings and the construction of new sustainable structures. A beautiful, resourceful building has the power to engage and invigorate its surrounding community, and the Foundation will work together with local groups to ensure these sites will be of great benefit to many people. Recent successes include our very own rejuvenation of New Cumnock Town Hall and the construction of The Prince’s Natural House at the BRE Innovation Park in Watford – a low-carbon home offering an answer to sustainable eco-living. Meanwhile, works on the impressive revival of Ballater train station in Aberdeenshire are well under way.

Finally, the Attractions tier will focus on raising further awareness of the Foundation’s historic centrepieces – be it dining at the elegant Rothesay Rooms restaurant, taking a dip in the New Cumnock open-air swimming pool or marveling at our rare collection of 18th century Chippendale furniture. Attractions all serve the purpose of building economic growth and preserving cultural history in regions throughout the UK, as well as providing landmarks for future generations to enjoy.

From transforming our public realm to providing skills-based education, the The Prince’s Foundation exists above all to champion and celebrate the most important part of any community: its people.

Find out more about The Prince’s Foundation.