Your history' battle commences
2 October 2006
This October sees children from all over Scotland embarking on a war of words to express their interest in their local Historic Scotland sites. In conjunction with the October Kids Go Free promotion, children are being asked to write about the site they gained free admission into, in a special competition called 'Your History!' Entry forms will be handed out at over 70 Historic Scotland attractions across the country, and the winner from each region will win a special Historic Scotland prize.
To start our young writers off, the line 'I enjoyed being a 'kid go free' as this is what I got to see' is at the top of the entry form, the rest is up to their infinite creative talent! It can either be a short feature (200 words) or a poem, although we are aware that some of our attractions do have rather hard names to rhyme with!
As well as adding a bit of fun to a family day out, the competition is also being used as a way to encourage children to take a real interest in the history of their area as well as gain a sense of pride in it. It is hoped that if the historic attraction inspires the child to write about it, then it will also go some way to inspiring them to discover more about their country’s history and why it is so important.
Rebecca Hamilton from Historic Scotland said:
'This competition is a great opportunity for us to see our attractions through a child’s eyes. Our sites are hundreds, even thousands of years old, so anyone visiting them has to use their imagination to picture what they would have been like in the past. Children are often the most adept at doing this, creating their own stories and adding their own slant to Scottish history.
We are hoping children all over the country will enjoy taking part in the competition, and that the experience of writing about their local historic attractions will spark a desire to discover more and appreciate the importance of our historic past. Our aim is to get at least one short story or poem for every single one of our attractions!'
Notes for editors
Dumfries and Galloway
- ‘Your History’ Competition entry forms will be available at the sites listed below. Children must be under 16yrs. A winner will be chosen from each region and will win a special prize. For more information, contact 0131 668 8959.
- Closing date for entries is 1 November 2006.
- 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.
- Historic Scotland Properties included in 'Your History' competition:
New Abbey Corn Mil
(Please note that Whithorn Priory and Museum are not included in the Kids Go Free promotion.)
Edinburgh and Lothians
Dirleton Castle and Gardens
Seton Collegiate Church
Trinity House, Leith
(Please note that the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Holyrood Abbey are not included in the Kids Go Free promotion.)
Glasgow, Clyde and Ayrshire
Central and West
Bonawe Historic Iron Furnace
Castle Campbell and Garden
Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel
Aberdour Castle and Gardens
Dunfermline Abbey and Palace
Inchcolm Abbey – charge for ferry crossing
St Andrews Castle and Cathedral
Perthshire, Kinross and Angus
Edzell Castle and Garden
Meigle Sculptured Stone Museum
North and Grampian
Dallas Dhu Distillery
Kinnaird Head Castle Lighthouse
The Western Isles
The Blackhouse, Arnol
Calanais Standing Stones and Visitor Centre
Kisimul Castle, Barr
Bishop’s and Earl’s Palaces
Broch of Gurness