About The Trust


The Trust was set up in 1972 following a public meeting organised by local G.P. the late Dr. Eric Jenner. The Trust seeks to stimulate interest in the beauty, built heritage and distinctive history of the Brechin area.

It encourages the preservation, development and improvement of the features of general public amenity or historic interest. It encourages high standards of architecture and town planning in Brechin.

Brechin Civic Trust Aims :

  • The encouragement of high standards of architecture and town planning in Brechin.
  • The stimulation of public interest in the beauty, history and character of the area
  • The preservation, development and improvement of features of public amenity and historical interest
  • The implementation of these ends by exhibitions, lectures, publications and other means.

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Brechin Civic Trust Focus :

In all aspects of our work we focus efforts in the following key strategic areas :

Involving people – The Brechin Civic Trust will work to encourage more people to get involved in promoting, protecting and enhancing their local built environment.

Promoting respect and understanding – The Brechin Civic Trust will build in its excellent track record of promoting the wider understanding and appreciation of Scotland’s built environment.

Pursuing technical excellence – The Brechin Civic Trust will strengthen its capacity to provide professional support and advice on improving, protecting and developing the built environment in Brechin.

Our Achievements :

While we are committed to saving old buildings of architectural and historical interest, we also like to see ourselves as forward-looking and ready to welcome bold new designs that will enhance the character of Brechin. In recent years the Civic Trust has been involved with various charity funding for work within Brechin :

  • Developed that part of the Nature Trail adjacent to Brechin High School planting trees and providing benches.
  • Placed commemorative plaques in various streets and closes within Brechin.
  • Contributed to the cost of providing the external illumination of Brechin Cathedral.
  • Catalogued the David Waterson Photographic Negatives and printed a selection of images.
  • Organised an art exhibition/ competition, ‘Townscapes of Brechin’, providing £1,000 in prize money.
  • Produced jigsaws of Brechin scenes.

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Provided financial support to:

Mechanics’ Institute
The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum
Brechin Christmas Lights Committee
Brechin Arts Festival
The Watson-Watt Society of Brechin
In partnership with The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum, produces The Brechin Lectures once or twice annually.

The Trust organises an annual cheese and wine party donating the proceeds equally between the Mechanics’ Institute and The Friends of Brechin Town House Museum.

The Trust has been and remains an active member of the City of Brechin & Area Partnership and supported its successful application for funding through the Townscape Heritage Initiative for the restoration of the Brechin conservation area.

Our Future Plans at Brechin Civic Trust :

  • To illuminate the arches of Brechin Bridge (photo of arches from west)
  • To organise a second Art Exhibition
  • To support the restoration of the Brechin conservation area (photo of Merchant’s House?)
  • To co-produce a second art exhibition.
  • To provide financial support for improvements to the Mechanics’ Institute.

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