In Spring 2010 the Mapa Scotland campaign was launched to celebrate and preserve the historical links between Scotland and Poland. The focal point and icon for the campaign is the Great Polish Map of Scotland in the grounds of Barony Castle Hotel at Eddleston, Scottish Borders. It is planned to restore the Map, a globally unique 3-D terrain model of the Scottish landscape measuring 50m by 40m. It was built by young Poles and local residents during the Cold War. After three years the funding needed to launch our heritage mission has been secured and work can start.
Since formation of Mapa Scotland the following milestones have been achieved:
- gained Scottish charitable status.
- awarded category B listed status for the Map through Historic Scotland.
- secured funding from the generous financial support of our members and the following major grant providers: Barony Castle LLP, BCCF Environmental, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, European Leader Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund, Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Government.
- stimulated a debate and reception at the Scottish Parliament on the importance of the Map with the continuing support of Christine Grahame, MSP.
- hosted talks, exhibitions and visits to promote the common heritage between Poland and Scotland through the Map restoration.
- attracted the support of local communities and interest groups.
Restoration work is about to start; equipment procurement is in progress. An education resource strategy is under development.
The Mapa Scotland Trustees believe that the historical links between our two small nations, exemplified by the Map, should be preserved for the new generations of young Poles and Scots. Any interested groups or individuals who share our beliefs are invited to become involved in the project by joining Mapa Scotland.