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Minister takes part in Doors Open Day and Scottish Archaeology Month

11 September 2006

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport joined local children at Crookston Castle on Friday to discover more about Glasgow’s only surviving medieval castle.

Crookston Castle is just one of many properties across the country to take part in Scottish Archaeology Month and the Doors Open Days programme that run throughout September.

Ms Ferguson said: “Each year these events give thousands of people the opportunity to see behind the scenes at some of Scotland’s most impressive buildings and historic sites.

“Scotland has a fascinating history and incredible architecture and these events allow people to find out more about the events that have shaped their villages, towns and cities.”

Storytellers based at Crookston helped to recreate some of the incredible stories from the castle’s past and the Minister joined them as they entertained children from Lyoncross Nursery.

Doors Open Days and Scottish Archaeology Month are part of the European Heritage Days initiative and are funded by Historic Scotland.

Patricia Ferguson, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport, joins storyteller Gerry Durkin and children from Lyoncross Nursery at Crookston Castle

Notes to editors

  • Electronic images are available from Lesley Brown on 0131 668 8603 or by emailing

  • European Heritage Days allow people access to sites, monuments and buildings of historical and cultural importance that would normally remain off limits.

  • Every September events are held across Europe, celebrating cultural heritage in all its forms.

  • The 2006 Doors Open Days programme of events throughout the country during September weekends features an extensive range of properties with a varied selection of uses.

  • This year almost 300 activities are being held as part of Scottish Archaeology Month.

  • The Village Storytelling Centre is a community based project situated in Pollok. It aims to build community and bring disparate elements of the community together through the medium of storytelling. The Village also seeks to encourage a sense of pride in Pollok by telling the stories of its heritage and more recent history; bringing together people of all ages and communities to gain confidence as they hear and tell each other their own stories, as well as traditional and faith tales from this country and beyond. It is a place of education for people of all ages, involving them in storytelling and the expressive arts.

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Executive charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Scottish Civic Trust coordinates Doors Open Days and the Council for Scottish Archaeology coordinates Scottish Archaeology Month as part of European Heritage Days. For more information about the events visit and

  • Crookston Castle is owned by The National Trust for Scotland. NTS is a charity dedicated to conserving and promoting Scotland’s natural and cultural heritage for present and future generations to enjoy. The Trust could not carry out this work without the support of its members, donors and partners. For more information on the Trust, its properties and its conservation work, please visit or contact the NTS Customer Service Centre on 0131 243 9300.

For further information

Lesley Brown
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8603 or 07788 923873