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New Bannockburn Visitor Centre Needs You!

4 January 2012

                            Pilkington Jackson’s statue of Robert the Bruce in progress in the studio. The statue was erected in 1964

The team working on the new visitor centre to commemorate the Battle of Bannockburn are asking people to share their memories and photos of visiting the site.

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop said:

“There has been so much support for the new centre throughout all of the design and planning work and we want to be able to reflect that.

“The site marks a momentous historical event, but there has been a visitor centre here since the 1960s and many families will have happy memories of their visit there. In many ways the new centre is just the latest of many chapters in the way that people have come here to learn about the battle and commemorate the lives lost.

“We would like to share people’s memories and I would encourage people to get involved and share their photos and any home movies with the team.”

A new visitor centre will be opened in time for the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 2014.

It is the largest joint project between the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland.

National Trust for Scotland Project Director David McAllister said:

“We very much want to hear from people about their visits to Bannockburn, possibly with their family, friends or even a school group.

“When we started this project everyone around the table had their own clear memories of visiting the site and what originally struck them about it. Our plans for the new centre are very ambitious but we are determined that it will retain its place in the community and will inspire people to want to understand the lead up to the battle, the battle itself and the far-reaching consequences of the outcome.

“Earlier in the year we invited the community to come and see the plans and meet the team and it was hugely helpful to us in adapting our designs to address issues that only local expertise could identify.

“Now we would like people of all ages from all around the globe to send us their pictures and home movies to learn what made their visit memorable.”

You can send in your memories or photographs to hs.communications@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by post to

Historic Scotland Communications Team
G50 Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Edinburgh
EH7 5ST

Notes for editors:

  • The Battle of Bannockburn Project is a joint venture by the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, to provide a new visitor centre and experience for one of the most significant battles in Scotland’s history for the 700th anniversary in the 2014.
  • The design team include:
             Architectural Team – Reiach and Hall with Sinclair Knight Merz (Engineer), Turner and Townsend (QS) and KJ Tait (M&E Engineers)
             Interpretation consultant – Bright White
             Landscape Architects – Ian White Associates
             Digital Design - Centre for Digital Documentation and Visualisation (CDDV)
  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.
  • The National Trust for Scotland is one of Scotland’s leading conservation charities, which relies on the financial support of its members to fund its important work of caring for the natural and cultural heritage of Scotland for everyone to enjoy
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Lesley Brown
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07920 768 096
lesley.brown@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Sarah Cuthbert-Kerr, NTS, 0844 493 2483 / 07713 786 277