Archaeology Scotland is once again hosting Scottish Archaeology Month; the annual celebration of Scotland’s heritage, history and archaeology that brings together a range of organisations across the sector and the country.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, most activities this year will take place online, although some museums are opening their doors again and there will be a few outdoor events too, all complying with the current government restrictions. However, the new online format opens up the opportunity for people to participate and connect across regions and countries, and we are embracing and encouraging that, while we find new ways to engage our audiences across our online platforms. We will be using Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, our website and newsletter to reach out.
Scottish Archaeology Month is all about promoting the invaluable work of Scottish heritage organisations, big and small, and that is what we will be doing this month. On Mondays, we will focus on museums of all shapes and sizes, and on Fridays, community groups and volunteer-led projects will be in the spotlight. Some will open their doors virtually to their online exhibitions, others have prepared digital showcases of traditional skills, guided walks, storytelling, re-enactments, and much more. And, as always, some places can be visited in person. On Saturdays, we will have a focus on activities for people to get out and about exploring and creating. Digital apps are the new black in the heritage world, as they can help to discover an area, lead self-guided walks and uncover the hidden stories of the sites – all in one’s own time and pace!
Another excuse to get out is to participate in the annual international photographic competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, organised by the Wikipedia community and local Wikimedia affiliates. There is a one-year membership to Archaeology Scotland at stake for the Scottish winner! For those who are more into facts than photography, there is also an opportunity to win a membership by participating in our weekly quiz on Instagram. In spite of these new conditions, we hope, that we will still be inspiring people to get involved in their local areas.
We will also make sure to share all the newest archaeological knowledge and research through lectures and talks; there will be plenty of reading material from our archives and some great podcasts from our collaborators. Our social media followers, who might not be aware of all the different projects, support and resources Archaeology Scotland has to offer, now have the chance to get to know us a little better. Each Tuesday, we will feature a different area of our work, and each Wednesday we will dive into our Heritage Resources Portal to present selection of learning resources created by organisations from around the country.
We will be adding events continuously, and it is still possible to take part in SAM by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by adding your event or listing here – more on this at 3 pm!