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Orkney Rangers get creative

29 July 2008

The rangers at the Orkney World Heritage Site play host to some creative activities this August, before the children head back to school. On Wednesday 6 and 13 August crafty fun and games will be taking place that will encourage children to explore the artistic side of some of Historic Scotland’s key sites.

On Wednesday 6 August the activities will have a regal theme, with arts and crafts taking place at the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palace in Kirkwall.  At Crowning Glory children can come along to this 16th-century property and make crowns and masks, and listen to stories of the past.

There will also be the chance to get creative on Wednesday 13 August at Lovely Landscape where children will be encouraged to be inspired by the landscape and wildlife at the Broch of Gurness. The Broch is part of Orkney’s rich archaeological heritage and is unique to northern Scotland: guaranteed to provide a striking back-drop for art and design activities.

Elaine Clarke, Historic Scotland ranger, said;

“The events that we have held over the school summer holidays so far have proved to be a great success and we are looking forward to welcoming more families along to our creative activities in August. It’s a great opportunity for children, and parents, to have some fun and gain a further understanding of the historically significant properties on their doorstep.”

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  • Children’s activity – Crowning Glory is on Wednesday, 6 August from 10.30am to noon at the Bishop’s and Earl’s Palace. This event is free. No booking necessary.

  • Children’s activity – Lovely Landscape is on Wednesday, 13 August from 10.30 to noon at the Broch of Gurness. This event is free. No booking necessary.

  • The Orkney World Heritage Site ranger service can be contacted on 01856 841 732.

  • Historic Scotland is responsible for 36 properties in Orkney ranging from the Broch of Gurness to the Knap of Howar and the Hackness Martello Tower and Battery.

  • The World Heritage Site rangers are part of Historic Scotland’s network of Rangers – there are also ranger Services at Holyrood Park and Linlithgow Peel.

  • Every year, Historic Scotland stages an extensive annual programme of events at its properties in care, with the aim of bringing history to life in an entertaining and informative way.  For details visit

  • Members can get free entry to all daytime events, plus unlimited entry to over 70 historic properties throughout Scotland. Prices start from £38 a year.

  • Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding 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 information visit

  • Historic Scotland’s mission is to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.

For further information

Rebecca Hamilton
Marketing and Media Manager
Marketing and Media
0131 668 8685 / 07788 923871