The Iona Cathedral Trust was established by Deed of Trust in 1899 by the eighth Duke of Argyll who made over the Cathedral and all ecclesiastical grounds and buildings on Iona to the trustees in perpetuity. In 2000 the properties on Iona were leased by the trustees for 175 years to Scottish Ministers and they are now managed by Historic Scotland.
A charity reorganisation in 2010 was the start of a new era for the work of the Trust. One of the new purposes of the Trust is “to advance the education of the public in relation to the history, culture and heritage of Iona Cathedral and the Island of Iona”. This work began with the trustees commissioning Dr Rosalind Marshall to write a new history of Iona, “Columba’s Iona: A New History”. “Tales of Iona”, a curriculum resource for schools is the trustees latest project and the trustees hope you enjoy your learning experience as you work through the resource. In the future the trustees hope to restore Iona Abbey Library, both the library itself and its collection of books. The collection includes many rare books on Iona, early Christianity, Celtic art and Gaelic.