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Romans, Picts, Steampunks and Guerrilla Knitters to Celebrate Scotland’s Six Iconic Sites

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Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites will be celebrated with six coordinated events for the first time on World Heritage Day

Picts will race Romans at the Antonine Wall, knitters will descend on New Lanark and musicians will do battle in Edinburgh. Scotland’s six UNESCO World Heritage Sites will feature in six different events on World Heritage Day (18 April) as part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop, said:

“These events will offer an ideal opportunity to celebrate Scotland’s iconic World Heritage Sites, representing thousands of years of Scottish history and attracting many thousands of visitors every year. 

“The Scottish Government remains committed to protecting and promoting Scotland’s rich history and heritage: our six Sites are of outstanding universal value to all of humanity and I look forward to celebrating them on World Heritage Day. As 2017’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology continues, it is important that we all work together to ensure that our diverse historic environment is valued and cared for now, and for future generations.”

The free events, labelled “Scotland in Six”, will begin in Edinburgh Old Town and New Town with Medieval minstrels and classical Georgian-era musicians roaming the city, culminating in a lunchtime Battle of the Bands. In the Outer Hebrides, participants will build, excavate and explore St Kilda through the popular Minecraft video game. The Forth Bridge will play host to a Victorian steampunk festival and an army of knitters will head to New Lanark to cover the Institute in woollen yarn. At the Antonine Wall, Picts will chase down Romans over a 5k race, ending with a Great Roman Bake Off. The final event will take place at the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, as a group of young participants set out on a glow-in-the-dark adventure.

Dr Rebecca Jones, Head of Archaeology and World Heritage for Historic Environment Scotland, said,

“We’re really proud to be partners with Dig It! 2017, who are doing an amazing job of getting Scotland talking about its archaeology and World Heritage for Scotland’s themed Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites span thousands of years and thousands of miles, so you’re never far from a place of worldwide significance – but it’s not enough to just tell people these places are important, we want to help bring their history to life. The activities taking place for this World Heritage Day are creative, engaging, and most of all fun. I’d urge people to go along to their nearest event to join in.”

The events are being coordinated by Dig It! 2017, the year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, along with partners from each local community. The World Heritage Day events are funded by EventScotland, as a Signature Event for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Tickets are now available on Eventbrite:

For additional information, visit DigIt2017.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dig It! 2017

  • Dig It! 2017 is a year-long celebration of Scottish archaeology, co-ordinated by the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland and Archaeology Scotland for the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.
  • The project is primarily funded by Historic Environment Scotland.
  • For more information, visit digit2017.com or join the conversation using #DigIt2017

2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology

  • 2017 is the year to delve into the past and discover Scotland’s fascinating stories through a wide-ranging variety of new and existing activity to drive the nation’s tourism and events sector, boosting tourism across Scotland.
  • The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology begins on 1 January 2017 and will end on 31 December 2017.  It will build on the momentum generated by previous themed years in Scotland including the 2015 Year of Food and Drink, Homecoming Scotland 2014, the Year of Creative and the Year of Natural.
  • The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland, and supported by a variety of partners including Creative Scotland, Scottish Tourism Alliance, Scottish Enterprise, The National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Built Environment Forum Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund, Museums Galleries Scotland and Traditional Arts and Culture Scotland.
  • The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is supported by £570,000 of Scottish Government funding.
  • The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology events fund is managed by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate.
  • For more information visit visitscotland.com/HHA2017 or join the conversation at #HHA2017

Images

  • Image Credit: Neil Hanna

Further Information

For additional details contact:

Julianne McGraw
Dig It! 2017 Communications Officer
Phone: 0131 247 4066
Email: julianne@digit2017.com