Learning Heritage

Archaeology Scotland's Scottish Living History Festival

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As part of Archaeology Scotland’s 75th-anniversary celebrations, they are planning a special, family orientated, free event for the public to enjoy – the Scottish Living History Festival!

This interactive, fun-filled and educational event will take place on Saturday 31st August at the amazing Callendar House museum and outside in its wonderful designed landscape in Falkirk. The Provost of Falkirk has agreed to open the event. Meet stars of TV, Professor Dame Sue Black and actress Georgia Hirst (Torvi) from the hit show Vikings!  Bring the kids to have a go at lots of different activities, re-enactments, talks and workshops.

A full days of interactive hands-on activities, digital experiences (such as recreating archaeological sites in Minecraft) locally sourced high quality food vendors, period musicians, engaging talks from experts (with links to Game of Thrones, Vikings, and Outlaw King), ancient craft workshops, re-enactment groups including the Antonine Guard, and the Galloway Longfhada Vikings, plus guided walks will all be on offer. Stalls featuring leatherworking, jewellery making, kilt making, iron smelting, promotion of artisan crafts and much more will entice people to spend the day and many different hands-on activities for children (including simulated excavations, finds sorting, ancient writing, exploring artefacts, archaeological ‘detective’ work such as reconstructing faces on replica skulls and marching with Roman legionaries) will keep the young ones entertained. We also plan to create a replica Roman milestone where young people can try out stone carving under expert supervision – this will be a permanent legacy from the weekend.

If you wish to support or sponsor this event, check out their Crowdfunder page for unique rewards and more information! Many of the rewards include “Early Bird Tickets” to exciting activities and talks*. Go to the Crowdfunder page and donate for guaranteed tickets as on the day seating will limited and on a first come first served basis. Please ensure you select the reward with donation amount that you wish to claim.

To keep up to date with new announcements and giveaways be sure to click “Interested” or “Going” on their Facebook Event Page.

*Please note rewards are set up as a “Thank You” for any donations made and ensures the supporter tickets based on the reward level. There is no obligation to donate in order to participate in any of the activities or talks provided on the day.

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