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