Scottish Living History Festival

Scottish Living History Festival

Celebrating 75 years of Archaeology Scotland: You are Invited!

As part of their 75th anniversary celebrations, Archaeology Scotland has planned a special family-orientated free event – the Scottish Living History Festival.

When: Saturday, 31 August 2019
Where: Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk, FK1 1YR
Time: 11.00am – 5.00pm

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
  • 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.