Friends of Dundonald Castle

Scotland’s historic environment makes a valuable contribution to our quality of life, cultural identity, education and economy.

Organisation:Friends of Dundonald Castle (SCIO)
Project title:Community Heritage and Education Project

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Capitalising on the success of a unique education programme in 2016 and following a community charrette, FODC launched an ambitious Community Heritage & Education Project in 2017 for the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology. The project aims to drive forward new investigations into the story of Dundonald Castle and to support these aims, HES commissioned a geophysical survey around the castle. Over 500 local school children and adults attended outreach sessions and a similar number took part in community excavations on site in 2018. Next year, FODC and HES hope to build upon this with a village-wide Big Dig and further community excavations, as well as an annual programme of events.

FODC have seen a huge increase in local awareness of the historic environment and engagement of the community with their rich and varied heritage.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to?Main: 12

Other: 11, 13

Contact name:Dr Kirsteen Croll
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Reviewed: September 2018