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Out and About No.54-SAM Takeover!

Hello Reader,

Welcome to the second week of Scottish Archaeology Month! We hope you have enjoyed some of the many things we posted and linked to last week. 

The most exciting news, perhaps, was the new map that we launched on Tuesday. Did you see it? Go to and do exactly that – explore Scotland’s heritage, searching by region or listing category. You can find both sites and museums, heritage organisations and projects, local groups and societies, as well as events. 

If you work at an established museum or organisation, are part of a current heritage project, volunteer at your local heritage hub or history society, or are organising an event for September or later, you can add yourself to the map, here: 

This new resource has been developed as a response to the current crisis that the pandemic has brought to our sector and to add to our existing projects and resources aimed at supporting heritage organisations across Scotland. It serves several purposes; locals and visitors alike can use it to explore and find museums and sites to visit, but at the same time, it can be used to connect and engage people with their local heritage by highlighting societies, groups and projects, volunteer opportunities, events, etc. The map is created to be a participatory work in progress, so new places and events will be added continuously. 

On Wednesday, we shared some interesting learning resources from our Heritage Resources Portal and told our followers a bit about our own learning projects, including the Heritage Hero Awards. 

On Friday, we had a focus on local heritage projects and community groups and promoted some of the events organised for Scottish Archaeology Month, including the East Lothian Online Heritage Festival, Stirling Archaeology Month, the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership’s heritage project ‘Can You Dig It’ and the Bailies of Bennachie from Aberdeenshire. You can find all the events in the list below. 

On Saturday, we shed a light on three apps, you can use to go out on your own and explore, namely the Landscape Legacies of Coal App, the Falkirk Town Heritage Trail App and the Kinghorn Heritage Trail App. On Saturday, we also announced the first week’s winner of our quiz on Instagram – be sure to participate the next three weeks for the chance to win a one-year membership! Another way to win a membership is to participate in the Wiki Loves Monuments photo competition. 

This week, we will follow the same pattern as above, having started today with our Mondays dedicated to museums. We highlighted the online exhibition ‘Dunbar 650’, Cousland Smiddy in Midlothian, Strachur Smiddy on the West Coast and Armadale Castle on the Isle of Skye. Tomorrow, we will present you with one of our own projects again, this time the Stobs Camp in the Scottish Borders, from which we will be showing an abundance of videos – so stay tuned! ‘Stobs Week’ will continue on Thursday with an online mini-conference and some more exciting activities and news taking place on the Stobs Camp’s website and Twitter over the weekend. All the videos will be available on our YouTube channel afterwards. 

Remember that all the online content from the East Lothian Online Heritage Festival will be available until the 14th of September, and there is still a week to go with new exciting events coming up! And as September means Doors Open Days as well, be sure to have a look through their programme, where there is plenty to see and do – all digitally.


Please be sure to keep up to date and follow the recommendations provided by the NHS regarding the Coronavirus here.

Please do let us know if your group is organising any event or has news we can share.  

PLEASE NOTE: due to the Coronavirus outbreak, our office will be closed for the foreseeable future. Staff will be working from home and contactable via email.

Thank You.

Scottish Archaeology Month is about promoting and celebrating the invaluable work of Scottish heritage organisations, big and small, and that is what you will see this September. On Mondays, we will focus on museums of all shapes and sizes. On Fridays, community groups and volunteer-led projects will be in the spotlight. Some will open their doors virtually, providing access to online exhibitions. Others have prepared digital showcases of traditional skills, guided walks, storytelling, re-enactments, and much more. And, as always, some you can visit in person. On Saturdays, we will focus on activities, so you can get out and about on your own, exploring and creating. Digital apps are the new black in the heritage world; they can help you discover the history all around you, lead you on self-guided walks and tell you the hidden stories of the sites you are visiting – all in your own time and at your own pace! 

Maybe you will be inspired to get involved in your local area? 

We also hope you’ll be inspired to get out and participate in the annual international photographic competition, Wiki Loves Monuments, organised by the Wikipedia community and local Wikimedia affiliates. There is a one-year membership to Archaeology Scotland at stake for the Scottish winner! If you are more into facts than photography, you can also win a membership by participating our weekly quiz on Instagram. 

Just hearing about Scottish Archaeology Month? You can still take part by sending your content or event to, or keep an eye on our website and social media for an exciting new way for you to sign up, when Scottish Archaeology Month launches on Tuesday the 1st of September. 

What's On!

Online Event, East Lothian: East Lothian Online Heritage Festival, 29th August-13th September- This year, the East Lothian Archaeology and Local History Fortnight has been replaced by an online heritage festival. It will be an exciting opportunity to celebrate East Lothian's heritage in new ways, and to safely explore historic buildings and archaeological sites, without leaving home! Check out the exciting programme of over 60 events – from virtual guided tours, presentations and films to workshops, poetry, and music, all about the heritage on our doorstep. More information here.

Online Event, Stobs Camp Project: Stobs Week, 8th-11th September- Enjoy learning about Archaeology Scotland's Stobs Camp Project through digital content, new films, a mini-conference and other online activity on the Stobs Camp website, Stobs Camp Twitter and AS Youtube! More information here.

Online event, Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership: Live talk, 9th September, 7.30pm-9pm- Derek Alexander, the Head of Archaeology for National Trust Scotland will be joining the Can You Dig It team for their fortnightly Zoom webinar programme. Derek will be taking us back through time as we track the traces that our ancestors have left on Threave Estate in Galloway. This is an online event, free and open to all. Book here.

Stirlingshire, National Wallace Monument: Guided Tour, 11th September, 12pm-2pm- Explore The Battle of Stirling Bridge on the Anniversary of Wallace's most famous victory with Dr Murray Cook, Stirling Council’s Archaeologist. Meet at Legends Café, National Wallace Monument, Causewayhead, FK9 5LF. Duration two hours, some rough ground and lots of steps, wear appropriate clothes. Booking essential, contact Murray Cook at

Stirlingshire, Logie Old Kirk: Guided Tour, 12th September, 10am-4pm- Logie Old Kirk has been a centre of Christianity for over 1500 years: explore its history with the Volunteers of the Logie Old Graveyard Group. No booking required! The group are also recruiting volunteers so if you fancy joining them or finding out what’s involved they are holding a working session on the morning. More information here.

Stirlingshire, Old Kilmadock and St. Aedh’s Church ruins: Guided Tour, 13th September, 12pm-3pm- Guided tour with stories of the Manse and the surrounding glebe. Members ofROOK – Rescuers of Old Kilmadock’ will be on hand to show you around and to answer any questions that you may have. More information here.

Online event, Archaeology Scotland: Live talk, 17th September, 4pm-5pm- Join the author of Keeping Time, Thomas Legendre in this live talk 'Creative Archaeology: Finding the Present in the Past'. This is a free event, Zoom link coming soon! More information here.

Online event, Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership: Live talk, 23th September, 7.30pm-9pm- Join local experts Anna Campbell & John Picken as they take us through the fascinating history of this abandoned 19th-century lead mine in Galloway. Scotland's only example of an industrial ghost town presents a fascinating insight into the lives of the people who lived and worked here. This is an online event, free and open to all. Book here.

There are many more events on our map and new events, online contents and places to discover and visit are continuously added, so check in at
Be sure to look out in your inbox for weekly updates from the SAM crew as they take over the Out and About eNewsletter for the month of September!

Stobs Camp Project: Behind the Wire

We are very pleased to put our exhibition ‘Behind the Wire’ online for everyone to enjoy. Our initial plan was to wait until all public venues had finished their showings – but then COVID-19 came along and led to the closure of museums, libraries and other public spaces. In this difficult time, it is all the more important that all of us have access to culture and heritage.

If anything, the current lockdown has shown how relevant it is to study First World War internment. Many people worldwide are experiencing issues that are strikingly similar to those shown in the exhibition: enforced social disconnection, worries about the future, boredom, anxiety, disruption of professional life. However, the exhibition also demonstrates that it is possible to avoid the depressive ‘Barbed Wire Disease’ through cultural and physical activity. This will throw a different light on everyone’s personal coping strategies in lockdown.

By browsing through the panels you will be in good company. Since November 2018 the exhibition has been seen by over 20,000 visitors in public venues across the UK, Ireland, Canada, the United States and South Africa. We hope you will now enjoy the online experience just as much as a visit to your local museum.

Click Here for the Link.

More Online Resources!

During this time take the opportunity to explores some of the amazing links! 

Learning Resources:
Archaeology Scotland Learning Resources 
Archaeology Scotland Heritage Resource Portal
HES Learning Resources
HES Teaching Resources 
Heritage at Home
Gaelic Resources

Glasgow Museum Collections
Museum of London Collections
Portable Antiques Scheme
British Museum Digital Resources
Bowes Museum
Gosport Gallery
The Royal Green Jacket Museum
SeaCity Museum
Royal Museums Greewich
Field Museum
The Peace Museum
Palace of Versailles Virtual Tour
Cumbria's Museum of Military Life Virtual Tour
National Archaeological Museum of Naples Virtual Tour

Going for your daily exercise along the Antonine Wall? (please follow NHS guidelines and do not go in large groups or  with anyone outside individuals you currently reside with) Check out this app! Click Here!
Do you know of other resources not on this list? Contact us here!

National Museums of Scotland Blog
Archaeology Scotland Heritage Resources Blog
Gear and Graith Blog- Gear & Graith is dedicated to exploring different aspects of Daily Life during the Viking Age.
History Scotland-Hidden Histories
Archaeology Podcast Network
Archaeosoup Productions
Northern Picts Podcast- a podcast by Gordon Noble

Other Digital Resources:
Mapping History
National Library of Scotland Maps 
Past Map
Scotland's Rural Past
The National Collection of Aerial Photography
Britain from Above
British Library Digitised Manuscripts 
Glasgow Science Centre
Virtual Shipwreck Trails-Historic England
Gear and Graith Facebook
A Guide to Climate Change Impacts 
Scottish Rock Art Project

Best  Archaeology TV Series, Films, and Documentaries-an opinion article by Maiya Pina-Dacier  with DigVentures. 

Heritage Hero Awards at Home!

     We've had a few queries regarding our Heritage Hero Awards this week, asking whether classes and family groups can work on the Awards remotely. The answer is yes - we think its important to keep celebrating the successes and achievement of young people in these uncertain times.

     There are lots of ways our Heritage Hero Awards can be completed safely at home. Why not find out more about your local history - creating heritage trail and map of your local area? Study the history of your own home or the view from your window -  creating a wall display to show others what you've learned? Find out more about your favourite castle - creating a model of it with materials you can find at home. You could also use a digital platform to share what you've learned with others - FaceTime your friends to show them your creations or make a TikTok or YouTube video and send it in to us. Keep your eyes peeled for a blog post landing next week with more ideas for making the awards work remotely!

     We have PDF awards workbooks we can email you to record your activities. These are completely optional but might be helpful for parents and guardians who are unfamiliar with wider achievement awards.  Archaeology Scotlands Heritage Resources Portal is also bursting with resources to help with Awards projects.


More information, including the Heritage Hero Awards Handbook and some inspiring case studies are available on our webpage here. 

For more details, advice and support please contact Becca

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