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Medieval Construction Science Shows come to East Lothian

14 May 2012

Historic Scotland’s Medieval Construction Science Shows are heading to East Lothian for the first time.  The shows are free to schools and free for families when paying entry to the sites.


The shows will take place at Dirleton Castle, one of the oldest surviving castles in Scotland and Seton Collegiate Church, which has a 15th century chancel and apse.  They aim to present science and technology in context and show how these fantastic medieval buildings were built.


Peter, the Medieval Stone Mason, will highlight the science and technology behind medieval engineering.


Fiona Davidson, Learning Officer at Historic Scotland said: “The shows will present lots of interesting facts about medieval construction in a way which will be fun and entertaining – as well as offering opportunities for audience participation!.


“We are looking forward to showing the important role Historic Scotland plays in the conservation and preservation of historic buildings.  We have a wealth of beautiful historic buildings in Scotland which are a key part of our heritage and history and it is vital that we preserve them for future generations to enjoy.”


Seton Collegiate Church:

Tuesday 22nd, Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th May – free shows for schools (contact Historic Scotland Learning Services to book a slot on 0131 668 8793)

Saturday 26th May – family shows running between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Free with the price of normal admission:

Adult £4.00  Child £2.40  Concessions £3.20 – free to Historic Scotland members


Dirleton Castle and Gardens:

Tuesday 29th, Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st May – free shows for schools (contact Historic Scotland Learning Services to book a slot on 0131 668 8793)

Saturday 2nd June –  family shows running between 10:00am and 4:00pm

Free with the price of normal admission:

Adult: £5.00  Child £3.00 Concessions £4.00 – free to Historic Scotland members



Notes for editors


1.      Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.


2.      To register for media release email alerts from www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/news. If you wish to unsubscribe at any time, please email hs.website@scotland.gsi.gov.uk   


3.      The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: www.visitscotland.com/creative


4.      The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at  www.visitscotland.org/yearofcreativescotland-toolkit


                                                       Year of Creative Scotland 2012

For further information


Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866
jennifer.johnstonwatt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk