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Explore Edinburgh Castle’s war time story

Callum Hand, aged 10, meets re-enactors playing soldiers from the 1914 Gordon Highlanders regiment ahead of Edinburgh Castle’s World War One event, taking place at the castle, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October.

Callum Hand, aged 10, meets re-enactors playing soldiers from the 1914 Gordon Highlanders regiment ahead of Edinburgh Castle’s World War One event, taking place at the castle, on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October.

In the Centenary year marking the outbreak of the First World War, Edinburgh Castle will be hosting a special event exploring its own Great War story.

Over the weekend of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October, visitors will have the opportunity to take a journey through the nation’s contribution to the Great War both on the frontline and closer to home.

As well as this, those passing through the castle’s historic gates can also discover the castle’s, perhaps, lesser known role as one of Scotland’s 180 Military and Red Cross auxiliary hospitals that were created throughout the First World War to care for casualties.

There will also be the opportunity to discover what life would be like for a soldier during WWI. Throughout the course of the weekend, re-enactors of the Gordon Highlanders regiment will be on hand to demonstrate what it might have been like for a new soldier from enlisting to undergoing training drills. The team will also explore how an injured soldier might have been treated as well as highlighting the evolution of pioneering medical techniques which went on to influence modern medicine today.

Meanwhile, the castle’s Great Hall will offer interactive handling sessions showcasing a selection of authentic items dating back to the start of the First World War.

Edinburgh Castle’s Executive Manager, Nick Finnigan, said: “The castle has played many different roles in significant events over the centuries, however, this event will give a sense of what the castle might have been like during its lesser known role as a small 60 bed hospital during the First World War.

 

“Over the weekend, visitors will also be able to discover  more about  the War on both the frontline and at home,  whilst re-enactors will be exploring what it might have been like for a new soldier and how the injured might have been treated.

 

“There will also be the opportunity for the public to handle authentic items from the First World War in a series of interactive sessions.”

 

Edinburgh Castle’s Great War event takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October 2014 from 12noon – 4pm. Entry to this event is included in the price of admission  to Edinburgh Castle.

 

Please note that Edinburgh Castle guided tours will not take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th October and that the re-enactments take place as part of a scheduled programme of timed events.

Christmas comes early to Duff House

By Mussklprozz (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Mussklprozz (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Banff is set to get a taste of the festive season as the spectacular Georgian mansion, Duff House officially unveils its Christmas range.

 

Once a family home, the grand house has played host to many a traditional Christmas and on Wednesday 15th October the house will once again be filled with festive cheer.

 

In an open evening, taking place from 6.30pm to 8pm the House’s shop will showcase a range of hand selected gifts and stocking fillers from local Scottish suppliers, making perfect presents for loved ones.

 

The Christmas range  boasts a wide selection of food and drink products, unique gift ideas  and decorations to add the finishing touch to any home over the festive season.

 

Guests will have the opportunity to view a selection of gift ideas including textiles, interior accessories for the home and decorations whilst sampling a range of festive fare on offer in exclusive tastings taking place throughout the event.

 

Graeme Curran, Monument Manager for Duff House, said: “We are pleased to be officially launching our festive range here at Duff House, as the pre-advent countdown begins.

 

“The upcoming open evening will showcase our Christmas offering including our decorations for the tree and home, as well as our festive gift and food and drink range. The event is the perfect opportunity to pick up those first few presents and taste some of the delicious fare on offer.

 

“Many of our products are sourced from local suppliers, as close as Huntly, from our range of teas made with Scottish herbs to best-selling whisky cake – there’s lots of  choice for those  looking for great gifts for any foodies in the family or additions to a Christmas table.

 

“Meanwhile our broader range of gifts and stocking fillers are sure to help take the headache out of present finding for the most discerning of present buyers.”

 

The evening will also see one lucky winner picked from a prize draw, available to enter on the night, take home a hand-packed Christmas hamper, worth £50.00, fully stocked with gifts and festive fare from the Duff House Christmas range.

Duff House’s Christmas launch evening is a drop in event taking place on Wednesday 15th October from 6.30pm – 8pm and is free to attend.

Corgarff Castle offers an insight into life in the 18th century as redcoat soldiers occupy the castle

 

Visitors to Corgarff Castle in Aberdeenshire this week will have the opportunity to travel back in time to the 18th century, in Meet the Garrison, as members of the Lace Wars re-enactment society depict the daily life of a soldier living in the barracks in the 1750s.

 

A Year of Homecoming 2014 event, Redcoat soldiers will be occupying the castle on 16, 17 and 18 September to tell the story of Pulteney’s Regiment (13th Foot), which occupied the castle in the mid-18th century.

 

Visitors will be able to hear the soldiers’ tales as they explain why they are occupying the site and give presentations on daily life in the castle. There will also be drill displays and weaponry displays.

Lorna Ewan, Head of Visitor Experience, Content and Learning for Historic Scotland, which runs the castle said: “Redcoats arrived at Corgarff Castle after the Battle of Culloden in 1746, and the castle was gutted internally to make way for soldiers’ barracks. Meet the Garrison is an opportunity for visitors to learn more about this fascinating period in the castle’s history, and with weaponry and drill displays as well as presentations on castle life, it promises to be a fun and informative event for the whole family.”

Meet the Garrison will take place from 10-5pm on 16, 17 and 18 September.  Entry is included in admission to the Castle.

£1.5 million aid for historic buildings

More than £1.5 million has been awarded to help repair seven historic buildings across Scotland as part of Historic Scotland’s Building Repairs Grants scheme.

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Fun for the whole family as vintage and replica aircraft take to the skies over Fort George for Celebration of the Centuries

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Highlights of Historic Scotland’s award-winning event Celebration of the Centuries will include spectacular aerial displays from vintage and replica aircraft, it was revealed today.

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New book details Scotland’s First World War contribution and heritage

An extensively illustrated new book, Scotland’s First World War, exploring the physical legacy of the war in Scotland, has been launched in Orkney.

The book follows an audit of First World War buildings and structures in Scotland, which was commissioned by Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) in 2013. This identified the surprising wealth and variety of buildings and monuments across the country – over 900 in all – greatly increasing our understanding of the impact of the conflict in Scotland. In many cases their First World War connections were previously unknown.

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Drum & bass artist Goldie to unveil new composition in a special performance at Glasgow Cathedral

Glasgow Cathedral, Foto: By Michael Hanselmann (Own work) [<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>], <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AGlasgowcathedral.jpg">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

Glasgow Cathedral, Foto: By Michael Hanselmann (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

New work by renowned DJ and electronic artist Goldie will be performed for the first time this summer in Fragments of Gold, a ground-breaking musical event at Glasgow Cathedral on 30 August 2014.

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Step back in time at Dundonald Castle and learn about the key role the Stewarts played in the Wars of Independence

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Dundonald Castle,Foto: Derek Ferris [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Visitors to Dundonald Castle on Sunday 22nd June can see history brought to life as historical re-enactors shed light on the role the Stewart family played in the Wars of Independence.

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Maritime history from a fresh perspective as Trinity House in Edinburgh launches Junior Guides scheme

Picture caption: “Connor Graham, a primary six pupil at Leith Primary School in Edinburgh and one of the junior guides at Trinity House gives Captain Paul Wibberley, one of the Masters of Trinity House a tour of the historic property, which is the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters. Pupils from Leith Primary School this week took on new roles as junior guides at Trinity House. Dressed as sailors, whalers and sea captains, they teach visitors about the site’s outstanding collection of maritime memorabilia and the local area’s links to the sea.”

Picture caption: “Connor Graham, a primary six pupil at Leith Primary School in Edinburgh and one of the junior guides at Trinity House gives Captain Paul Wibberley, one of the Masters of Trinity House a tour of the historic property, which is the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters. Pupils from Leith Primary School this week took on new roles as junior guides at Trinity House. Dressed as sailors, whalers and sea captains, they teach visitors about the site’s outstanding collection of maritime memorabilia and the local area’s links to the sea.”

Pupils from Leith Primary School in Edinburgh this week took on new roles as junior guides at Trinity House in Leith, the home of the Incorporation of Shipowners and Shipmasters.

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Sieges and secrets: mysteries of medieval skeletons revealed at Stirling Castle

Findings from the analysis of the nine skeletons uncovered at Stirling Castle in 1997 will be presented in Silent Witnesses: Trauma Tales from Stirling Castle, a talk held at the castle on 24 May at 7:30pm.
 
The discoveries will be presented by Dr Jo Buckberry, an expert in battle trauma from the University of Bradford who carried out the analysis, and found that some of the individuals may have died or sustained injuries during sieges of the castle in the Scottish Wars of Independence (1296-1357).

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