The sites are bidding for votes in an online poll to find “Britain’s
Best” historic locations. The poll is being conducted by UKTV History
and ties in with a TV series being presented by Alan Titchmarsh.
Volunteers from The Friends of Kinneil submitted the House and Museum
to the poll a few weeks ago. Already hundreds of people have gone
online and voted for the 16th century mansion and its stable block
Friends vice-chairman Bruce Henderson: “Early this week we were just a
few hundred votes away from entering the Scottish top ten – that’s
without any real promotion by us.
“We’re now hoping that more local people will go online and show their
support for Kinneil. Just visit our website – www.kinneil.org.uk – and
follow the link to the UKTV History poll.
“Every vote counts, so make sure you let everyone know that Kinneil is
one of Britain’s Best.”
Mr Henderson said the re-classification of the House as an A-listed
building made it worthy for inclusion.
“Kinneil House has some of the best examples of Renaissance wall
paintings in Scotland. The House was open for just five days over the
past year, but managed to attract more than 1000 visitors and lots of
“There’s also widespread support and affection for Kinneil Museum –
located in the stable block of the House. It tells the fascinating
story of the mansion and the wider estate and performs an important
role welcoming tourists to Bo’ness. It’s also open to visitors six
days a week.
“We hope that by encouraging people to vote for Kinneil we’ll also
attract more people to visit this fascinating place.”
The online poll will continue through the summer months, before the TV
channel unveils Britain’s best historic site in September.
Presenter Alan Titchmarsh said: “You don’t have to go far to see some
of the great buildings or gardens from our past and we want you to
tell us about the ones dear to you so others can enjoy them too.”
A UKTV spokesperson said: “There are hundreds of historic hotspots
across Britain and UKTV History wants to know about them. By taking
part the public will create a unique guide with honest feedback and
personal memories of some incredible places; inspiring others to
discover and learn more about their own local history.
“Viewers are able to vote for any site that matters most to them. It
doesn’t have to be a grand palace, a sprawling garden or even a
majestic cathedral; just somewhere the public can visit and something
that they are passionate about – or even some of the hidden gems that
they want to share with others.”
Bruce Henderson added: “Linlithgow Palace is currently in the Scottish
top ten – so here’s hoping the Bo’ness people rally round and support
Kinneil. Log on now and cast your vote.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
For more information, contact Bruce Henderson on 01506 510308