World heritage bid for Glover’s mansion

World heritage bid: Chairman of Fraserburgh's Thomas Glover Foundation, Ian Watson with Stuart B Smith, Secretary of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage and International Consultant on World Heritage and Industrial Sites and Heritage Society volunteer, Jim Flett. picture: Alison Kennedy
World heritage bid: Chairman of Fraserburgh's Thomas Glover Foundation, Ian Watson with Stuart B Smith, Secretary of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage and International Consultant on World Heritage and Industrial Sites and Heritage Society volunteer, Jim Flett. picture: Alison Kennedy

The Thomas Blake Glover Foundation was delighted to welcome a member of a Japanese consortium last week to Fraserburgh Heritage centre to help obtain world heritage status for the former Brocher’s home.

Stuart B. Smith, secretary of The International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage and International Consultant on World Heritage and Industrial Sites, explained how he has been working to have Glover mansion in Nagasaki declared a World Heritage Site.

He said: “During the last three years I have been engaged by a consortium in Japan to put together a World Heritage bid.

“Glover’s mansion in Nagasaki is preserved as a site of historic and cultural interest; it is the oldest Western style building in Japan and the first example of western architecture.

“He was the catalyst of change in Japan and instrumental in its industrialisation. He is a huge hero and quite rightly very much celebrated, with around 2.4 million visitors attend the mansion annually.”

To find out more about the Scottish Samurai, Thomas Blake Glover, visit Fraserburgh Heritage Centre, where you can enjoy the colours and tranquillity of the peaceful garden while learning more about the achievements of this famous Brocher.

Volunteers at Fraserburgh Heritage Centre are looking forward to welcoming visitor to the open day on Saturday, September 17, from 11 am until 4pm.

Visitors can enjoy the usual displays as well as demonstrations from the Gutting Girls at 1.30pm and 2.30pm, and be delighted with Doric recitations from the Lochpots School Choir at 2pm and 3pm.

There will also be model boat building and the Family History Society of Buchan will be on site to chat to visitors about relatives and ancestors and the Amateur Radio Club members will be transmitting from the Marconi Shack.