A great Scots way of fundraising

Figures from the past meet the tech of the present to preserve history.

In order to help preserve the country’s historic monuments, the Bank of Scotland teamed with Visa to solve a modern problem. These days, hardly anyone has any loose change to drop into collection boxes when visiting important sites. So artists were asked to recreate two works of art – a portrait of Colonel William Gordon and a bust of the poet Robert Burns – with the addition of contactless payment systems. Not without a touch of humour, by the way. The artworks were respectively installed at Fyvie Castle and Burns’ cottage, enabling visitors to donate £2 with a simple touch of their credit cards. Thus boosting the coffers of the National Trust, which protects historic homes.