Fair Maid's House visitor and education centre


A famous 15th-century building in Perth is re-opening to the public as a visitor centre and education space for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS). The Fair Maid�s House, the oldest non-religious building in the Scottish city, dates back to 1475 and was made famous by Walter Scott�s 1828 novel The Fair Maid of Perth. A medieval stone wall in the building was part of Blackfriars Monastery where King James I of Scotland was murdered in 1437. The house had been empty for more than 15 years until the RSGS restored it as their visitor centre. The renovation architects used spare original timbers and traditional materials, including lime-wash on a Prayer Niche which was one of the remaining 15th-century features. The building now houses the RSGS�s collections and makes these accessible to the public for the first time in nearly 130 years. Visitors can see displays on geographical issues, the history of the society, the geography and history of Perth and the house. There are historical collections of maps, diaries, books, photographs and artefacts from scientifics exploration of the past 150 years. A spherical display system known as a PufferSphere delivers 360-degree video of four different views on the earth, including the world from space, night and day and continental drift. The building is open to the public Mon�Fri, 12.30�4pm, from 2 April to 31 October. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

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