December 3rd 2015


2007 The St Kilda Opera is performed in 5 countries simultaneously with live satellite links to St Kilda and wins Scottish Event Of The Year Award.

2008 The St Kilda Centre concept paper is circulated by St Kilda Opera producer Malcolm Maclean

2009 Rebanks Consulting report on “World Heritage Status: Is there opportunity for economic growth?”

2009 St Kilda Centre working group established and a feasibility study and location competition is commissioned from the Jura consultancy

2010 Uig on the Isle of Lewis is selected as the host community and Ionad Hiort Ltd formed as a non-profit company and registered charity.

2010 St Kilda Centre content creation group established

2011 A Development Officer is appointed by the local authority

2011 Community Survey of all homes in Uig confirms strong support

2011 Initial Prospectus published and promotional DVD commissioned

2011 Edinburgh’s Inspace gallery hosts a new media St Kilda Exhibition

2011 Presentation to UNESCO conference on ‘Remote Access to World Heritage Sites’. The Conference Report is published in 2012

2012 St Kilda Centre Website, App and Facebook account launched

2012 St Kilda Centre event at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee meetings in St Petersburg

2012 UNESCO’s World Heritage and Sustainable Tourism Programme is launched and St Kilda Centre named as its Remote Access Case-study

2012 Uig landlord agrees to gift St Kilda Centre site to Ionad Hiort Ltd.

2012 Network of potential stakeholders is developed

2013 Bestseller writer Alexander McCall Smith volunteers support

2013 Collaboration agreed with philanthropic fundraiser

2013 Collaboration agreed with the Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (owned by Historic Scotland & Digital Design Studio)

2013 St Kilda Centre added to local authority capital spending plan

2013 Regional economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise awards £80,000 research and development funding

2014 Gala dinner and celebrity auction in Uig Hall raises £14,000

2014 Research visits to visitor centres at Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Blasket Islands, Titanic, Bannockburn and Rosslyn Chapel.

2014 Collaboration agreed with the Scottish Seabird Centre

2014 Collaboration agreed with Glasgow School of Art’s Institute of Design Innovation on strategic planning and a programme of events.

2015 An updated feasibility study is commissioned from UNESCO’s spokesperson on World Heritage Tourism, James Rebanks.

2015 James Rebanks Report is launched at a press event in the CNES council chamber

2015 The St Kilda Centre is a key partner in An Lanntair’s successful bid to be Scotland’s Creative Place 2016.

2015 Collaboration agreed with the Scottish Association of Marine Science

2015 The St Kilda Centre secures ownership of the Centre’s cliff-top site

2015 A Contents Masterplan, Building Design Masterplan and Business

Plan are commissioned for publication in 2016 as the IH Prospectus .


2016 Project Manager appointed

2016 UNESCO Case Study Report to the World Heritage Centre

2016 GSA Research, Public Artworks and Promotional events

2016 Marketing, Social Media and PR strategy

2016 Content Masterplan, Budget, Business Plan and Prospectus text

2016 Prospectus image collation, design and print

2016 Prospectus Launch Symposium

2016 Fundraising and partnerships negotiation with key stakeholders

2016 Detailed Content and Technological research

2016 Outline Planning permission

2016 Architectural competition

2016 Project Management Plan

2017 Final Budget confirmed

2017 Procurement Strategy confirmed/ Legals confirmed

2017 Detailed Architectural Plans

2017 Full Planning permission secured

2017 Construction Tenders invited/ Construction contract agreed

2017 Content and Technology commissioned

2017 Construction

2018 Recruitment

2018 Opening

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