The SCVO represents the Scottish voluntary sector through its work, providing a range of services which help voluntary organisations operate more effectively. The building is ideal for the SCVO due to its great central location set in attractive surroundings, and can be accessed by people with disabilities, besides being a pleasant and comfortable place to work. The ongoing relationship between the traditional building and the modern organisation exemplifies how the past and present can work together to mutual benefit, and the results have been a lifeline for Mansfield Traquair.
Millais’s educational career got off to an inauspicious start when, at the age of four, he was expelled from nursery, after just three days, for biting his teacher’s hand. Seven years later he redeemed himself – and put his career back on track – by becoming the youngest pupil ever admitted to the Royal Academy school, where he earned the nickname “the child”. In 1885, he became the first artist to become a baronet and by the following year he was exploiting the commercial aspect of his work to earn the modern equivalent of nearly £2 million a year.