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Historic Scotland unveils vivid new interpretation at Dundonald Castle

3 August 2012

The splendour of Dundonald Castle has been re-imagined following months of consultation with archaeologists and historians.

A series of colourful and dramatic illustrations reconstructing life at the Castle has now been installed at Dundonald.

Specialists within and outside the agency contributed their expertise to the project and consultation was held with local community group, the Friends of Dundonald Castle, who run the visitor centre and offer guided tours of the Castle. The result is a lively resource that brings new insight into life at Dundonald.

Interpretation Officer at Historic Scotland, Fiona Fleming explained: “The new panels offer a surprising amount of detail. Artist Stephen Conlin has created a stunning series of illustrations, showing an aerial overview of the Castle, and scenes depicting domestic life in the tower house.

“Dundonald was remodelled by King Robert the Second, probably to mark his coronation in 1371. The Castle was a favourite retreat of the monarch, who reserved the luxurious top storey of the tower house for his close friends and family.”

This exclusive accommodation is represented in the new interpretation. Also depicted are the public hall and upper garret level, which may once have existed at the top of the tower.

Fiona said: “Interpretation lies at the heart of Historic Scotland’s mission to present our built heritage effectively and imaginatively to visitors. The stories unique to each site bring these special places to life, and the research that has gone into the new panels gives an added dimension to one of the nation’s most important and cherished historic attractions.”

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