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Scottish Historic Buildings Trust - The national charity saving Buildings at Risk for you.

With the support of others we have raised in excess of £25 million to bring over 30 historic buildings back to life throughout Scotland. 

You can support the work that we do several ways either by making a one-off donation to one of our current appeals, through a regular donation, by sponsoring a stone in your favourite building project of ours, or by purchasing a virtual gift or appeal merchandise from our online shop.

Current Appeals and Campaigns

Scottish Historic Buildings Trust - The national charity saving Buildings at Risk for you.

SHBT is entirely self-financing and relies on the generosity of others to save vulnerable historic buildings for you and future generations.  The number of buildings that we can save is constrained by the funds available to us.  Through your support we can consider the future use of more of Scotland’s important buildings.

Riddle’s Court, Edinburgh – The Patrick Geddes Centre

The Patrick Geddes Centre - We need to raise £5.3 million to transform this highly significant 16th Old Town building into a national Learning and Conservation Centre and a community learning hub in the heart of the World Heritage Site. 

Greenlaw Town Hall - Community Hall

We have recently opened Greenlaw Town Hall for business following an intense 3-year campaign.  The grand Central Hall cannot be used formally as a community venue for events, because we had insufficient funds for toilets and other provisions.  We are now seeking to raise £70,000 to get this part of the building works completed.

If you would like to consider making a regular gift you can do this by standing order.  Please contact SHBT by post, email or telephone and we will send you a form.


Customs House, Leith

This A-listed Georgian building was designed by Robert Reid in a neo-classical style and was constructed between 1810-12 with alterations by William Burns in 1825. It is perhaps the most visually and historically significant building on the Leith waterfront.

Customs House is presently owned by the City Of Edinburgh Council and in recent years has been used for storage with no public access. At SHBT we are investigating the long term future of Customs House, whilst also investigating more immediate options such as hiring out the space for a variety of uses.

Please donate to help us secure the future of this building.

Ways To Donate And Support Us


     Please use the DONATE button on the left to donate online at any time via our secure online payment service via PayPal. Note that you do not need a PayPal account to make a donation, you can use your debit or credit card instead. Thank you!

To direct your donation to a specific appeal or campaign, please choose the + add special instructions option at the checkout to let us know your preferences.

Contact Us

You can contact us by email, post or telephone with your donation preference and we will send you the relevant appeal pack or form. Alternatively you can download the donation form in Adobe PDF format.

By email:
By telephone: 0131 2201232
By post: Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh, EH1 2PG

Gift Giving

Are you looking for that special gift for someone, for a birthday or anniversary, or would like to make a dedication to someone you love?  Then why not sponsor a stone to help save your favourite Building at Risk. Please contact us for details.

Online Shop

We will have a range of project specific items for sale in our online shop ranging from pens and t-shirts to postcards and Christmas cards.  Please watch this space for details.

Legacy Giving

A bequest to SHBT will help to save further important Buildings at Risk in Scotland for future generations to enjoy.

Legacies to SHBT are greatly valued and may be expressed as sums of money, or as part of an estate or the residue from other bequests.  Legacies may also be in the form of property or furniture which we can either use in properties, or, depending on the wishes of the donor sold to raise funds to give life to another building.  Leaving a bequest to SHBT will be a leaving a lasting legacy by giving new life to old buildings for the future. 

For further information about leaving a legacy to SHBT, or to let us know that you have already included SHBT in your will, please contact us by email, telephone or post.

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