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What not to wear

6 October 2006

Tartan trousers or a kilt? Hat or beret? Purple or pink sporran?! Children are being invited to dip into their fashion sense and set about designing their own Highland soldier uniform at Fort George on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 October 2006.

Historic Scotland has teamed up with the Queen's Own Highlanders' Regimental Museum to organise some fun activities as part of the nationwide Big Draw events.

The events will go on throughout both days, and as well as being able to create a military uniform masterpiece, a performer dressed as an 18th century Highlander will also be on hand to talk about his own uniform and what life would have been like for soldiers of the time.  Visitors will also have the opportunity to dress up in period uniforms.

Nicola Holland, Historic Scotland Interpretation Manager, said:

"It's a great chance to get creative and have some fun while finding out more about Scotland's past. Visitors can design their own uniform and create their own special tartan at the same time. There will be uniforms to try on as well – so bring a camera for some super family snaps."

The Regimental Museum of the Queen’s own Highlanders will open specially for this weekend. Drawing materials will be provided and the event 'The Scarlet and the Tartan' lasting all day both days, is included in the normal ticket price. Children are free for the whole month of October at all Historic Scotland properties including Fort George.

Notes for Editors
  • Fort George is six miles west of Nairn and 11 miles north east of Inverness off the A96. Telephone 01667 460232. Tickets are £6.50 for adults, £5 for concessions and children are free throughout October.
  • The Big Draw weekend is designed to encourage more people to get involved with art. To find out more visit www.thebigdraw.org.uk.
  • Other Historic Scotland sites staging events open to the public as part of The Big Draw are Stirling Castle, Skara Brae and Holyrood Park.
  • To find out more about the Regimental Museum of the Highlanders visit www.army.mod.uk/highlanders/museums.htm.
  • Fort George is the mightiest artillery fortification in Britain, if not Europe. It was created by George II as the ultimate defence against further Jacobite unrest following the 1746 defeat at Culloden of Bonnie Prince Charlie
  • Its garrison buildings, artillery defences bristling with cannon, and superb collection of arms (including bayoneted muskets, pikes, swords, and ammunition pouches) provide a fascinating insight into 18th Century military life.
  • Positioned strategically on a promontory, jutting into the Moray Firth, Fort George was intended as an impregnable army base, designed on a monumental scale using sophisticated defence standards. Within almost a mile of boundary walls was accommodation for a governor, officer, artillery detachment, and a 1600-strong infantry garrison.
  • By the time Fort George was completed, the Highlands were at peace again, so although never witnessing battle, it has remained virtually unaltered ever since. It is the only Ancient Monument in Scotland still functioning as intended – a working army barracks – yet welcoming visitors, and it is a superb day out for the whole family.
  • Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its Properties in Care. For details, visit www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/events or call 0131 668 8926 for an events brochure.

For further information


Kate Turnbull
PR Executive
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8959
kate.turnbull@scotland.gsi.gov.uk