Scottish Living History Festival

 This event is over. You can see some of the images from it:

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You are Invited!

As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations we 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 2019 in the amazing Callendar House museum and outside in its wonderful designed landscape in Falkirk. The Provost of Falkirk has agreed to open the event. Also present will be our patron and forensic anthropologist, Professor Dame Sue Black, and Georgia Hirst one of the stars of Vikings, the much acclaimed History Channel TV series.

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We will have a full day of interactive hands-on activities such as:

Image: All rights and credit belong to Pictavia Leather
Image: All rights and credit belong to Pictavia Leather
  • Digital experiences (such as recreating archaeological sites in Minecraft and experiencing the world of the Vikings through Virtual Reality)
  • Simulated excavations
  • Ancient writing
  • Period musicians
  • Exploring and sorting artefacts
  • Engaging talks from experts (with links to Game of Thrones and Outlaw King)
  • Ancient craft workshops
  • Re-enactment groups including the Antonine Guard and the Galloway Longfhada Vikings
  • Guided walks with heritage professionals
  • And so much more!

Stalls featuring leather working, jewellery making, kilt making, iron smelting, promotion of artisan crafts, local high quality food vendors, and much more will entice people to enjoy this free day of fun!

We also plan to create a replica Roman milestone where participants can try out stone carving under expert supervision – this will be a permanent legacy from the weekend.

Why This Is Important:

Image: All rights and credit belong to the Galloway Longfhada Vikings.

The Scottish Living History Festival will bring together all our skills in outreach and engagement to make this a memorable day of history, heritage and archaeology. The event coincides with the Gladiators exhibition at Callendar House and we see this as being complementary to our event by encouraging people to visit their local museum and park.We are hoping to promote the local area and people, who will be able to showcase their work as we bring together experts, artisan crafters, and passionate re-enactors of history and heritage educators who encourage an interest in
Scotland’s rich past in people of all ages.


How Your Donations Help:

All your donations will assist us in every aspect of hosting this event! We are a registered charity in Scotland and as such our budget is quite restrictive. While we have raised 25% of the overall costs we are asking the community to help us put on this amazing festival to be enjoyed by all! For example £300.00 would completely cover the cost of renting Callendar House for the day which will hold a majority of our talks/workshops/ and our celebrity Q&A session and meet and greet. £500.00 would cover the cost for our Antonine Guard re-enactment group, or help provide first aid cover for the event, or help cover the cost of rented portable toilets for the day. The smallest amount can go a long way and we appreciate every single donation! We want this event to be an amazing time for families to spend quality time together, in an interactive environment, while promoting Scotland’s amazing history, heritage, and archaeology