The Duke of Rothesay, (as Prince Charles is styled in Scotland) will spend two days next week at the Dumfries House Estate opening two new buildings.
On Tuesday, 28th April, Prince Charles will open the Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre.
During the opening, Charles will meet Morphy Richards representatives, as well as students that use the new facilities. He will also unveil a commemorative plaque during his visit.
The Morphy Richards Engineering Education Centre affords experiential indoor and outdoor learning for Primary and Early Secondary students in STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The programmes operating at the centre are designed to serve schools across Ayrshire and others in the area to deliver STEM-based activities.
Charles is a keen and ardent supporter of manufacturing and engineering job opportunities and training. He has consistently undertaken visits to factories and businesses that rely on, and in turn support, training in manufacturing and engineering.
In 2014, Charles opened FESTOMANE, the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering.
Wednesday will see Charles open the estate’s new indoor gymnasium and climbing wall.
The gymnasium will offer the local community an host of health and fitness classes from spinning classes to climbing classes using the gymnasium’s bespoke climbing wall.
During his visit, Charles will meet members of the local community taking part in classes, as well as instructors and staff who will be working in the gymnasium. He will end the visit unveiling a plaque to commemorative the opening.
Built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, Dumfries House has remained the same for the past 250 years.
The principal rooms, furnishings and contents are still as they were when the 5th Earl was in residence. The property contains an exceptional collection of Chippendale furniture and is a testament to the 18th-century design.
In June 2007, Prince Charles as Grand Steward of Scotland led a group of charities and heritage organizations to acquire this rare house along with its contents and adjacent land. The goal was simple: keep the historic building as it was and allow the public to witness its unique beauty.
Charles is passionate and a leader in heritage-led renewal schemes. In addition to acquiring the house and land, projects are pending that include apprenticeships in masonry, organic farming and animal husbandry. Part of the plan is to offer a petting farm and portions of land given to the local community for future farming development