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New heritage exhibition for the capital

9 November 2010

People are being encouraged to find out more about Scotland’s rich heritage at a new one day exhibition to be held in Edinburgh.

Entitled ‘My Home, My Place, My Scotland’, the exhibition aims to dissect Scotland’s cultural heritage by covering the whole spectrum of activity from castles, collections and costumed performers through to planning and conservation.

The event, which is free to the general public, will take place at the Roxburghe Hotel on Monday 15th November and includes exhibits from The National Trust, Edinburgh World Heritage, Historic Scotland, The Heritage Lottery Fund and Architecture and Design Scotland.

A highlight of the exhibition will be the opportunity to view one of the most significant finds in Scottish archaeology, the Orkney Venus. Scotland’s oldest known depiction of a human face, the figure was found last summer on the island of Westray to international acclaim. The figurine has recently been on a tour of Scotland, which has been seen by more than 100,000 people.

Costumed performers will also be in attendance, including children from Castleview Primary School who will talk about their role as junior guides. The children are taking part in a scheme run by Historic Scotland, which trains primary age children to take their peers on guided tours of historic properties during the school term.

Minister for Culture, Fiona Hyslop said;

“Scotland’s heritage is an integral part of who we are. It brings a sense of pride to cities and rural communities alike and is a key part of our offering on the international stage.

“Through this exhibition we want to celebrate this by giving people the opportunity to find out more about our diverse heritage, inspire them, and showcase some of the great attractions and initiatives happening across Scotland to enhance and protect this valuable resource.”

The exhibition will also focus on Scotland’s rich built heritage. Live stonework demonstrations will take place in the courtyard of the Roxburghe Hotel, whilst people can also seek advice from experts on wider conservation issues, from the listed building process through to maintenance. A mini exhibition will also be on display for the finalists of this years’ Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland Doolan Award for the best building in Scotland.

The Minister continued;

“Our built environment plays a key role for Scotland in terms of attracting inward investment as a place to work and live, and as a major tourism driver.

“It is vital therefore that it is protected and cared for, but it is also important that this is done in partnership across the public and private sectors.

“This is particularly true for our housing stock, with a significant percentage of traditional buildings residing in private ownership.

“I’m delighted therefore that this event will provide an opportunity to showcase some of the great partnership work that is happening across the sector as well as being a source of guidance and support.”

The ‘My Home, My Place, My Scotland’, exhibition takes place from 11am – 3.30pm on 15th November.

  • 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 further information

Iona Matheson
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8703 or 07827 956 858