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Launch of the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017 - visitors invited to #facethepast


A special themed year of history, heritage and archaeology during 2017 has been launched by cabinet secretary Fiona Hyslop at Mary King's Close in Edinburgh.

The 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will promote Scotland's rich past through a programme of events for all ages, including a Mary Queen of Scots festival, a Great Roman Bake Off, a live archaeological dig at St Kilda and large-scale projections of Viking imagery.

The Team behind History Scotland and Family Tree magazines are proud to be working alongside Visit Scotland to produce a special guide to the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology 2017.

The special supplement will be given away FREE with every copy of History Scotland and Family Tree magazine. Find out more about the guide here.

A total of nine events - supported by a £300,000 Signature Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Events Fund - have been announced, with more to be revealed in the coming weeks.


Highlights of the programme (which includes both brand new events and new programmes within existing events) include a spectacular sound and light projection event at New Lanark World Heritage Site to bring to life the mill as it was in the heart of the Industrial Revolution (Shining Lives).

The Heart of Neolithic Orkney will “Glow in the ArchaeoDark” on World Heritage Day with interactive storytelling, music, food and glow-in-the-dark paint (Scotland in Six). And a unique event in the Outer Hebrides will celebrate the islands’ rich South Asian history with music and art collaboration, exhibitions and performances (Purvai).

The signature events are as follows:

  • Edinburgh Georgian Shadows - 23 Feb - 26 Mar (Edinburgh)
  • Scotland in Six - 18 April (Scotland-wide)
  • Tradfest Edinburgh - 26 April - 7 May (Edinburgh)
  • Paisley's International Festival of Weaving - 1 - 2 Jul (Paisley)
  • Purvai - August (Stornoway)
  • Follow the Vikings roadshow & festival - 2 & 3 and 8 & 9 September (Shetland)
  • Horsepower - 9 September (Falkirk)
  • Mary Queen of Scots festival - September (Kinross & Loch Leven)
  • Shining Lives - Autumn 2017 (New Lanark World Heritage Site)

The Scottish Clan Event Fund will also support nine clan-based events during 2017.

Speaking at the launch, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, said: “We are so fortunate in Scotland to have the most fascinating and inspiring history and heritage on our doorsteps, bringing the spirit of Scotland alive.

"The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology will highlight and showcase our history and heritage to the world and I am very pleased to have today announced nine of the events being supported by the £300,000 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology Signature Events Fund.

“As well as our history of many well-known stories and famous, indeed some infamous, historical characters, next year will also give us an excellent opportunity to focus on Scotland’s world-renowned archaeology, enticing visitors and locals alike to visit not only our known iconic landmarks with their thousands of years of history, but also our many hidden gems.”

The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 will begin on 1 January 2017 and end on 31 December 2017.For more information, please visit the project website.

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