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25 Sept 2018

Culloden thanks local community this autumn

Written by Jacky Brookes
Costumed guides at Culloden Battlefield
We’re taking the opportunity this autumn to say thanks to the local community around Culloden Battlefield for their ongoing support – with free entry to our award-winning visitor centre on Sunday 25 November. An exciting day is planned, full of fact and fiction, all inspired by the ’45 and the Battle of Culloden.

Following on from previous years’ successes, Team Culloden are organising another Community Thank You Day. Local residents with an IV, PH or KW postcode will be given free entry to the exhibition and events on the day – all they need to do is bring proof of their address.

Raoul Curtis-Machin, Operations Manager at Culloden says: ‘We’re so proud to play our part in protecting this important part of Scotland’s heritage and we really appreciate the support of local communities in enabling us to do all we do, for the love of Scotland.’ Throughout the day there will be battlefield tours, costumed presentations and object handling workshops for everyone to enjoy.

Guide showing a group of people around the Culloden Battlefield
Visitors enjoying a guided tour of the battlefield

The morning session will start with author Anne McAlpine, who’ll read from her novel The Silver Locket, along with a Q&A session and book signing. This book was inspired by a visit to the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre with a Primary 6 class from the Isle of Skye. The Silver Locket is an exciting historical adventure set both in present-day Scotland and at the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. She wrote it mainly for 9 to 12-year-olds, but hopes anyone who likes a story with a bit of history, danger and time travel will enjoy it.

Anne McAlpine
Anne McAlpine

In the afternoon, author Donald Smith will be reading from his historical fiction Flora McIvor, as well as book signing and a Q&A session. If you enjoy stories about the Jacobites in history and fiction, this will be a fascinating event to attend. Find out why they risked their lives for the cause, what part women played, and why these stories reach all round the world. Flora McIvor goes further and deeper in a moving tribute to the real Jacobites.

Donald Smith
Donald Smith

Local artist Catriona Meighan will also be running drop-in creative sessions for all ages to make something to take home. Over lunch there will be ‘Take 2’ of the successful Meet the Books talk – where Culloden’s volunteers offer the opportunity to view Inverness Library’s Jacobite Pamphlet Collection, which they have helped to catalogue.

Remember if you have an IV, PH or KW postcode you can attend all these events, the battlefield tours and the exhibition free – just bring proof of your address! It makes a great day out this November.

Tour guide showing people around Culloden Battlefield
Tour guide showing people around Culloden Battlefield

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