Although the Chapel is known throughout the world, the Trust is keen to play an increasingly active role in the local community.
The connection between the Chapel and the village stretches back to the time of Sir Henry St Clair, who succeeded to the title around 1153 and died around 1214. The village is spelt ‘Roslin’ while the Chapel, castle and Earldom are ‘Rosslyn’; in both cases, the name is derived from two Celtic words Ross (a rocky promontory) and Lynn (a waterfall). Both are features of the river scenery below the Chapel.
Rosslyn Chapel Trust employs 28 people, both on a full-time and part-time basis, throughout the year, with 70% of staff members living in Midlothian. Extra staff are usually taken on over the busy summer months at the Chapel. The Trust works in partnership with Loanhead-based company Saltire Hospitality who manage daytime and evening catering in the visitor centre.
Where possible, the Trust selects local or Scottish suppliers for the gift shop and engages a number of small local businesses for maintenance and repairs.
Developing links with the community
Rosslyn Chapel Trust has developed a number of initiatives to support the local community. Residents in the EH25 postcode area can apply for a pass which provides free admission to the Chapel and visitor centre for a year and can then be renewed. In recent years, fundraising concerts have been held to support Roslin Primary School, the Friends of Roslin Glen and local charities including the Roslin and Bilston First Responders to purchase a public access defibrilator, Friends of Saltersgate School, Roslin Heritage Society and Midlothian Foodbank.
The Trust works with local organisations, such as Boys’ Brigade and Guides, providing visits which connect with their activities.
Ian Gardner, Director, was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) by the Lord-Lieutenant of Midlothian in 2016.
Rosslyn Chapel Trust encourages visits to other attractions in Midlothian through its website, leaflet display and recommendations by staff. The Trust is closely involved with the Midlothian Tourism Forum, where Simon Beattie, Visitor Services Manager, is Secretary and Treasurer. Many events held throughout the year at the Chapel contribute to wider Midlothian initiatives, such as Midlothian Heritage Week and Midlothian Science Festival.