Wallace statue returns to Stirling after extensive restoration
The Wallace statue has returned to the Monument in Stirling, after weeks of restoration work…in England.
The iconic statue was dismantled and removed for the very first time, to allow vital repairs to be carried out.
It’s spent the past 10 weeks down in Wigan, undergoing specialist restoration, to get it ready in time for the attraction’s 150th anniversary celebrations in September.
It makes up part of extensive restorations at the Monument this year, which have totalled over £500,000, according to Stirling Council.
The landmark attracts more than 140,000 visitors every year.
.@TheWallaceMon has been totally transformed for it's 150th anniversary year, with all-new exhibits across its three floors.
Check out the host of special events and activities planned throughout the year. https://t.co/Wg5zJKR8rk pic.twitter.com/89XGVyJ2L0
— What's On Stirling (@WhatOnStirling) May 13, 2019
The popular attraction has underwent a significant facelift to mark the 150th anniversary
Brian Roberts, Senior Manager for Infrastructure at the local authority, said, “We are absolutely thrilled that the magnificent William Wallace statue has been restored to his former glory and is back home in Stirling for the upcoming National Monument’s 150th anniversary celebrations.
“The investment by the Council was critical to safeguard the future of the statue and the Monument, one of Scotland’s most popular attractions, and underlines our commitment to ensuring Stirling continues to be a must-visit destination.
“This was a hugely challenging and complex project, requiring the collaboration of a range specialists, including the expertise of the craftspeople of Lost Art, who have a proven track record in restoring Scottish historical structures.
“What happened on Wallace’s last trip to England is obviously well-known, and very much in the past but, this time, thanks to Lost Art’s painstaking work, he has returned across the border in peak condition and ready to greet visitors from all over the world as they arrive at the Monument.”
Damian Liptrot, Office Manager at Lost Art, added, “Lost Art have felt it both an honour and a privilege to have been entrusted with the care and repair of such an important national symbol of historic and emotional significance.
“It has been a test of the skill and ingenuity of our staff, they have delighted in the challenge and the result.
“We all hope that the people of Scotland will feel as much pride in what the statue represents as we do in the work that has gone into the restoration.”
Ken Thomson from Stirling District Tourism commented, “An immediately recognisable feature of The National Wallace Monument since it was unveiled in 1887, we are delighted to see the restored William Wallace statue, depicting Scotland’s National Hero holding his famous sword, being brought back to its home.
“The statue’s restoration and return in the Monument’s 150th anniversary year is one of the final stages of the 2019 refurbishment programme, funded by Stirling Council and Stirling District Tourism.
“It will once again be a focal point for visitors who come from all over the world to discover the story of William Wallace.”