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Culloden Battlefield Scotland : Visitor Centre

Highlands Visitor Centre Scotland design by Gareth Hoskins Architects

10 Oct 2008

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre

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Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre

Memorial wall from Battlefield
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre building memorial wall
photo © Andrew Lee

Visitor Centre
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre Building
photo © Ewen Weatherspoon

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Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre Scotland Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
photo © Andrew Lee

Terrace landscape view:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
photo © Ewen Weatherspoon

The Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, is the result of an international design competition which was held by the National Trust for Scotland in 2004.

South elevation:
Culloden Memorial Battlefield
photo © NTS

As the last land battle within the UK, in which King George II’s troops defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and his Jacobite supporters in 1746, the virtually untouched site is of major international and historical significance.

Sunny view from battlefield:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
image © Ewen Weatherspoon

The project, which includes the reinterpretation and reinstatement of the landscape of the battlefield and a new 1000 sqm museum, was designed in collaboration with international exhibition designers, Ralph Appelbaum Associates, with input from a wide range of historians and archaeologists.

South facade:
Culloden Battlefield Memorial Centre
photograph © NTS

The building will have its official opening on 16th April 2008, the anniversary of the battle.

Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
photo © NTS

Set back from the actual battlefield, the landscape-hugging building is defined by a wave-form roof and a 150m long berm wall that passes through the building and out into the landscape, to define the position of the Government troop line on the actual battlefield.

Restaurant internal view:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
picture © GHA

The new centre includes a series of controlled exhibition spaces, educational space, restaurant, shop and support facilities and a landscaped roof platform offers panoramic views over the battlefield, the final resting place for over 1800 soldiers.

Sunny view from battlefield:
Culloden Battlefield
picture © GHA

The building itself has also been designed as a model of environmental sustainability. It is positioned to reduce wind-chill and take advantage of natural daylight. It’s heavily insulated envelope is clad in locally sourced larch, Caithness stone and site-salvaged field stone, and it is heated by a woodchip burning biomass boiler system, supplied from local forestry sources.

Exhibition space:
Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
photo © NTS

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Culloden Memorial Battlefield Project : background information

Culloden Battlefield Information

The Battlefield is 3 miles southeast of Inverness, Scotland; 12 miles from Nairn.

Culloden Battlefield: Background
The battle was between the Crown and the Jacobites, led by Bonnie Prince Charlie. It took place on April 16th, 1746 on this barren moor. The Jacobites were defeated by the Duke of Cumberland with heavy losses to Scotland’s establishment; around 1200 people were reputedly killed. Culloden is often referred to as the last battle in the UK.

Culloden Visitor Centre
Facilities: restaurant, audio-visual show, bookshop, exhibition
Opening Times: all year except Jan
summer – 9am to 6pm ; winter – 10am to 4pm
Contact Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre: 01463 790 607

Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre architects – Gareth Hoskins

Culloden is maintained by the National Trust for Scotland

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Location: Culloden, Scotland

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Historic Scottish Houses

Scottish Castles

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