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Picture yourself at Stirling Castle

31 July 2012

Visitors to Stirling Castle will be able to find out what it was like to be a photographer in the Victorian age during a special event this weekend, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August 2012.

The event takes place from 10:00 am and is included in the castle admission price.

Old photos featuring Stirling Castle will be placed on easels at the spot where the original photo was taken.  Visitors will be invited to take their own photos, recreating the scene at the same spot capturing the 21st century image with  their choice of cameras, phones or any other handy device.

They can then email a maximum of three photos to with a chance to win a copy of a photography book, marking the email, ‘Stirling Castle Photo Event’.

Alex Boyd, the museum’s officer from Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura, will be heading up a group of experts who will demonstrate how much time and effort it would have taken to produce the photographs back in Victorian times.

Gillian MacDonald, Executive Manager of Stirling Castle said: “Every day Stirling Castle welcomes visitors who love to photograph a memory of a great day out.  This will be a fascinating way for people to see photographs of visitors from days gone by and also to create their own memories.

“There will be several old photographs of Stirling Castle over the weekend and we would like our visitors to re-create these images with their own family and friends during their visit.”  

The competition will close at 6:00 pm on Friday 17th of August 2012.

For information:

Terms and conditions of entry
Then & Now Photography Competition 2012
Stirling Castle
  • Each entrant can submit a maximum of three photographs.
  • All images must be submitted as digital files (6MB maximum file size, 1MB minimum file size)
  • Digital images should be high resolution and emailed to
  • The closing date is 6pm on Friday 17th August.  Entries submitted after this deadline will not be considered
  • The judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered in to
  • Entrants must be the sole author and owner of copyright for all images entered
  • Historic Scotland reserves the right to reject any submitted image. Entrants will not be notified.
  • The competition is not open to employees of Historic Scotland, their families, or anyone else professionally connected to the organisation
  • Winners will be notified by Monday 20th August 2012
  • Historic Scotland reserves the right to cancel this competition or alter any of the rules, if necessary.
  • If the winner is unable to be contacted after reasonable attempts, Historic Scotland reserves the right to either offer the prize to a runner up or to re-offer the prize in any future competition.
  • By entering the competition, entrant agree to grant Historic Scotland a licence to feature the submitted images on Historic Scotland’s websites or any promotional material connected to this competition.  Copyright for the usage will be credited to the photographer

Notes for editors:

1.For all the latest on what is happening at Stirling Castle, visit our website at and sign up for our free e-newsletter.

2.Historic Scotland has 345 historic properties and sites in its care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling, and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further details visit:  

3.Historic Scotland around the web:

4.The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

5.The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

                                                       Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866