Conservation Project

In April, 2019,  the Patrons of Cowane’s Hospital Trust began a major conservation project at Cowane’s Hospital which focused on the repair of the historic fabric of the building. This project is due for completion in December, 2019.

Benjamin Tindall, an accredited conservation architect, was appointed to prepare proposals and manage the conservation works. All repairs have been carried out to the highest possible standards and in accordance with conservation best practice. The preparation of the proposals has involved collaboration with the historic environment sector including Historic Environment Scotland, Stirling Council conservation planners, Stirling City Heritage Trust and Graciela Ainsworth, conservator.

Laing Traditional Masonry Group Limited was appointed to carry out the conservation works including harling and lime washing the external walls, stone repairs and the repairs of the roof, rainwater goods, windows and doors. Specialists will be employed to repair the external lanterns and Graciela Ainsworth, conservator is carrying out the repairs to the statue of John Cowane and the stone panels inscribed with biblical quotations. The conservation project is programmed for completion in December, 2019.

The Patrons how now agreed to proceed with a second phase of internal improvements which are programmed to start on site in January and to be completed by late summer, 2020.

Please see below for the conservation plan


On completion of the repairs, a free exhibition in the hall will bring to life the stories of John Cowane and his importance to the Stirling area, the history of the Hospital and its role in the story of Scottish trade, charity and society. The Hospital will also be available for hosting local and national events, community hires, artists’ studios and a thriving café.

The Trust is fortunate to have received grant support towards the project from Historic Environment Scotland, Stirling Council, the Wolfson Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust.