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.
We will have a full day of interactive hands-on activities such as:
- 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:
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
Donate and receive access to early bird tickets until 23/08/2019!!
A BIG THANK YOU: An issue of our Archaeology Scotland magazine, and an Archaeology Scotland pin!
Scots Fan: A year long membership subscription to Archaeology Scotland (valued at £36), a canvas tote, an Archaeology Scotland pin AND AN EARLY BIRD TICKET to a talk of your choice!
GAME OF BONES: You will receive FREE ENTRY into our Game of Thrones prop exhibit and get to take you photo on the Iron Throne (replica) and be King or Queen of the Seven Kingdoms! You will also receive a year long membership subscription to Archaeology Scotland (valued at £36), a canvas tote, and an Archaeology Scotland pin!
FRIENDS OF ARCHAEOLOGY SCOTLAND: A Year FAMILY Enhanced Membership with Archaeology Scotland (valued at £48), an Archaeology Scotland canvas tote, an Archaeology Scotland pin, AND TWO EARLY BIRD TICKET to a talk of your choice
V IS FOR VIKINGS: Get an exclusive ticket for either a Q&A session or Meet & Greet with History Channel’s Vikings actress Georgia Hirst! Also includes THREE EARLY BIRD TICKETS for your choice of guest talks or workshops and a Year Enhanced Membership to Archaeology Scotland (valued at £36).
EARLY BIRD TICKET to our Viking Virtual Reality experience, THREE TICKETS guest speaker talks as well as a Year Enhanced membership with Archaeology Scotland
SET IN STONE: Guarantee to carve your initials into the replica Roman standing stone (to be made a permanent fixture in the Falkirk landscape), a TWO EARLY BIRD TICKET to a guest speaker talk, and a Year Enhanced Membership with Archaeology Scotland
STAR-STRUCK TICKET: guaranteed tickets to both the Q&A session and Meet and Greet with History Channel’s Vikings actress Georgia Hirst (character: Torvi). Included is also THREE EARLY BIRD TICKETS to guest talks/workshops as well as a Year Enhanced Membership with Archaeology Scotland.
FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL TICKET: As a thank you for your generous donation you will be given a Lifetime Family Enhanced Membership (valued at £750) , TWO TICKETS to the Q&A session & Meet and Greet with History Channel’s Vikings actress Georgia Hirst (character: Torvi), TWO pairs of initials guaranteed to be carved into the replica Roman Standing Stone (to become a permanent fixture in Falkirk ), THREE to your choice of talks/workshops, and UNLIMITED ACCESS to exhibits on the day.
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