75 Years Promoting Scottish Archaeology

We are very excited to announce that our celebrity guest is none other than the amazing GEORGIA HIRST! Georgia portrays the character of Torvi in the hit TV series Vikings, which is written by her father, Michael Hirst! Be sure to check out this fierce warrior woman at our Q&A session and Meet and Greet! Follow the Crowdfunder link for more information! To keep up to date with new announcements and giveaways be sure to click “Interested” or “Going” on our Facebook Event Page.

No donation is too small: Check out our 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.


12:45pm Vikings Q&A Session with ‘VIKINGS’ Star Georgia Hirst (Torvi) & Dr. Stephen Harrison (University of Glasgow)
3:45pm Meet and Greet with ‘VIKINGS’ Star Georgia Hirst (Torvi)


Donate your time: We’d love to see you and we need volunteers to help on the day. If you would like to be involved please let us know by emailing us at info@archaeologyscotland.org.uk.

Help spread the word: Not something you or your organisation can participate in? You can still help out by sharing this information on to others who might be interested in participating in some capacity!

We thank you for your support and hope you will join us for this amazing celebration!

*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.

What is the Scottish Living History Festival?

As part of our 75th anniversary celebrations we are holding 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 and giving a talk will be our patron, Professor Dame Sue Black along with our celebrity guest from the hit show 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 hope our event encourages people to visit their local museum and park. The Scottish Living History Festival will 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 just under 50% 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.