The work, which is due to get underway in spring 2015, is expected to benefit thousands of visitors who visit the cottages each year, including local school children and tourists from the USA, Canada and China.
The Sma Shot cottages offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the history of the weaving industry in Paisley and about the living and working conditions of the weavers from 1750 onwards. The cottages are run by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis.
Renfrewshire Councillor Iain Nicolson, who sits on the FlightPath Fund Committee said:
“The Sma Shot cottages are a central part of Paisley’s history, and tell a fantastic story about the town’s cultural and social history. The FlightPath Fund is eager to support projects which are beneficial in terms of education and the environment, and this project meets these criteria. We’re looking forward to seeing how the project develops over the coming months.”
Cath Mitchell from the Sma Shot cottages said:
“The Old Paisley Society which owns and runs the Sma’ Shot cottages are indebted to the FlightPath Fund for donating funds which will enable us to protect the fabric of our historic cottages. Our two cottages date back to the 18th and 19th centuries and are in need of specialist care to ensure their upkeep. This donation will certainly help us in our task of preserving some of Paisley’s history and heritage.”