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Minister welcomes international heritage experts

2 September 2008

Culture Minister Linda Fabiani will address an audience of experts on medieval architecture at Stirling Castle tonight (Monday September 01).

The Minister will host a reception for delegates of the 24th Chateau Gaillard International Colloquia on Medieval Castle Studies to Scotland where they will visit many historic sites.

The Minister said: “Scotland and our mainland European neighbours have many shared traditions and you can see the continental influences in many of our most cherished historic sites.

“I am delighted that the Colloquia has the opportunity to come and see our castles for the first time in its history and hope that we can learn from the incredible expertise gathered here.”

The International Colloquia on Medieval Castle Studies was established in 1962 and has biennial meetings in different locations throughout Europe.

The 2008 conference at Stirling University will be attended by 100 academics and cultural heritage professionals from various countries. The conference findings will be published in French, German and English once the visit has concluded.

Notes for editors

  • 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. For more information visit

  • Chateau Gaillard last met in 2006 in Belgium. Previously France, Ireland and Switzerland hosted the event in 2004, 2002 and 200 respectively.

For further information

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