As part of this year’s Doors Open Days celebrations, Historic Scotland and The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) are teaming up with partners across the country to open the doors of places usually closed to the public.
Visitors will be able to find out how The Engine Shed is progressing, glimpse behind the scenes at RCAHMS, and explore Trinity House in Leith. Doors are opening in different areas every weekend in September, with planned events ranging from talks on Glasgow’s industrial heritage to guided tours exploring the hidden gems of Perthshire. The first Historic Scotland sites to open their doors are Dundonald Castle and Skelmorlie Aisle on the 5th and 6th of September.
In Stirling on September 12th, visitors are encouraged to release their inner stonemason, archivist or architect with a day of family-friendly fun at the Engine Shed conservation centre. Visitors can try their hand at traditional skills as well as speaking to Stirling Council archives about the history of their home, and Historic Scotland staff will be on hand to explain about this ambitious conservation project.
In Edinburgh on the 26th, RCAHMS will open the doors to its incredible archives for a special day dedicated to Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink. Unique photographs and drawings of historical shops, pubs, distilleries and factories will take centre stage, and experts will give talks and behind-the-scenes tours.
Trinity House is also gearing up for a family weekend of fun on September 26th and 27th, with the chance to handle objects and enjoy craft activities, quizzes and family trails. Visitors can take a self-led tour of Leith’s maritime gem, and use the latest technologies to uncover the stories behind our collections. Historic Scotland conservators will also be on hand to talk about the work we carry out on our vast painting collections.
Commenting on this year’s Doors Open Days, Rosie Wylie, National Tourism and Community Manager for Historic Scotland said: “we are proud to take part in Doors Open Days, which offer visitors the chance to see some of the nation’s most interesting hidden gems.
“It’s a fantastic initiative coordinated by the Scottish Civic Trust, and a huge team effort. The range of events we support wouldn’t be possible without the help of groups like The Friends of Dundonald, Largs Museum Trust, Dunkeld and Birnam Historical Society and the Inner Forth Landscape Initiative who run fantastic guided tours to help visitors experience these sites.”
Some of the tours are very limited and you will need to book ahead. Please see our website for a full list of participating sites, and booking details: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/doorsopendays
For the full programme of buildings opening across Scotland, visit the Doors Open Days websitehttp://www.doorsopendays.org.uk/opendays/