Archaeology Festival Bringing History to Life in Inverness

 

Events for all around Inverness as part of HAF 2013.

Events for all around Inverness as part of HAF 2013.

The Highland archaeology festival is now underway, with a number of exciting events coming up across the Inverness area for those interested in Highland history and heritage.

As the two week festival celebrates its 20th year, Inverness-area residents and visitors can take advantage of a packed programme of walks, talks, exhibitions and activities.

There are events on offer for everyone from the family looking for school holiday fun around Inverness to those seeking more in depth information on Inverness history and heritage – see below for a list of upcoming events across the Inverness area!

Wednesday October 2nd

Exploring Prehistoric Roundhouses:  The Story of the Wedigs Project

2nd Eden Court Theatre One Touch Gallery, 7pm FREE

This is the formal launch of the exhibition that will run until October 28th.

Friday October 4th

Railways in the Highlands

Highland Archive Centre, Invenress, 10.30am to 3.30pm FREE

This all-day event offers those with an interest in the area’s railways an opportunity to hear talks from experts, view archive material and displays and find out more about the rail history of the Highlands.  Booking essential call 01463 256437 or email janet.baker@highlifehighland.com

Saturday October 5th

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 11am to 1pm or 2pm to 4pm FREE

A rare opportunity to explore Inverness Museum’s archaeology store and get a glimpse of objects in the reserve collections – an great opportunity to put your hands on the past. Advance booking for either the morning or afternoon session essential – call 01463 237114 or email cait.mccullagh@highlifehighland.com

Bronze Age Crafting Day

North Kessock Village Hall, North Kessock 10am to 4.30pm FREE

Demos and workshops with a focus on Bronze Age crafts including bronze casting, basket making pottery and more. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Culloden Talk and Tour

Culloden Battlefield, 11am – 2pm, admission £8

Visit the historic battlefield & visitors centre and learn more about the ’45 Uprising with historians Darren Layne and Kieran German. Also included is a private tour of the battlefield led by the Culloden learning team. Booking essential, call 0844 4932159 or email kboal@nts.org.uk

Sunday October 6th

The Highland Jacobite Industrial Past

Meet Grotaig Car Park, nr Drumnadrochit (Grid ref: NH49102385) 1pm, Adults £5, Concessions £3.

Wander through the local landscape and discover how gunpower, lead shor and the famous Scots Pistols left their mark on our lands. Advance booking essential phone 01320 366633 or email bruce.kocjan-briggs@highland.gov.uk.

Black Isle Archaeological Bike Ride

Meet Resolis Village Hall Car Park (Gredref NH68288 65013) 1.30pm (event runs to 4.30pm)

A 13km (eight mile) bike ride to discover some of Inverness’s neighbouring Black Isle’s lesser known archaeology – mountain bikes only, please make sure bike is in good working order, a moderate degree of fitness is required.

                                      Monday October 7th                                 

Step Back in Time at the Caledonian Canal

Muirtown Locks and Basin, 1.30pm to 2.30pm FREE

Join the Victorian engineer for a short walk on the towpaths where you will learn all about life on the canals in days gone by. Learn how the locks worked, find out if the navvies were really always drunk and discover whether you should salute a capstan. Booking essential (meeting point will be given at time of booking) call 01463 725561 or email stephen@scottishwaterwaystrust.org.uk

Tuesday October 8th

Prehistoric Aigas

Aigas Field Centre, 10am to 2pm, Admission £5 (Child) or £2.50 (Adult)

Learn about life in prehistoric times through play and interaction. Discover ancient structure and enjoy educational games and activities for all ages! All children must be accompanied by an adult, please wear suitable clothing for the weather as day will be based out of doors and bring a packed lunch. Advance booking essential call 01463 783670 or email naturedays@aigas.co.uk

Potting the Past

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 2pm to 4pm FREE

Head along to IMAG to get your hands on some Highland heritage. Design and decorate Bronze Age beakers and Pictish Pots – for children aged 7 and over. Advance booking essential, call 01463 237114 or email cait.mccullagh@highlifehighland.com

Tomnahurich Walk

Meet Tomnahurich Cemetery Gates, Bruce Avenue (Grid ref NH655444) 2pm (event runs to 4pm) Cost £3.

Walk to the top of Inverness’s Tomnahurich Hill, through the cemetery that is the final resting place of some of our city’s most famous residents, offering some wonderful views across the surrounding area. Dress warmly, a reasonable level of fitness is required. Advance booking advised call 01463 255291 or email rangers.inverness@highland.gov.uk.

Thursday October 10th

Clava Cairns – a Step Back in Time

Clava Cairns, 2pm to 4pm, £5 (Adults) £3 (Children)

Join Clava Cairns expert “Indiana Bones” to discover more about this important Bronze Age burial ground as you walk along the established paths around the site. Advance booking essential, meeting place given on booking call 01463 255291 or email rangers.inverness@highland.gov.uk

Friday October 11th

Finding the Past: Sharing Our Heritage

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery, 1pm to 4pm, FREE

Come along to IMAG and meet representatives of Inverness Museum and Treasure Trove Scotland who will be revealing how they identify and curate archaeological finds – and teaching you how to record your own finds to help build a better knowledge or our area’s past. Advane booking essential call 01463 237114 or email cait.mccullagh@highlifehighland.com

Urchany: Neolithic to 1871

Meet Kilmorack Hall car park (Grid ref NH48360 44726 – access along muddy track) 10am (event runs to 3pm)

Join a walk to this now deserted multi-period settlement on the braes above Beauly.  Archaeological attractions include cup marked stones, roundhouses and 19th Century ruins as well as a possible henge. Bring packed lunch and waterproofs, advance booking essential call  07787 507972 or email roland.spencerjones@googlemail.com

Saturday October 12th

Highland Archaeology Festival Conference: Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research

Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, 9.50am to 4.30pm, £15 one day or £20 for both (see also Sunday 13th October)

Two day annual conference focusing on recent archaeological projects in The Highland Council’s area. Includes expert talks, archaeological networking and displays. Booking forms can be found in the festival brochure.

The Culloden Wargames Fair

Culloden Battlefield and Visitors Centre, Culloden, 10am to 4pm, admission fee applies.

Wargame and modelling event for all the family. Learn about battle tactics, see scale model battles and costumed demos. Also the opportunity to meet wargames author Charlie Wesencraft. Suitable for all ages, entrance to the visitors centre on this day includes this event.There will also be a model painting competition – for info email  dcook@nts.org.uk.

Sunday October 13th

Highland Archaeology Festival Conference: Recent Archaeological Discoveries and Research

Highland Council Chamber, Glenurquhart Road, Inverness, 9.50am to 4.30pm, £15 one day or £20 for both (see also Sunday 13th October)

Two day annual conference focusing on recent archaeological projects in The Highland Council’s area. Includes expert talks, archaeological networking and displays. Booking forms can be found in the festival brochure.

  • For a full list of Highland Archaeology Week events in Inverness and beyond you can download the festival brochure from the Highland Council website 

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