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ARROCHAR'S Hidden Heritage project will be getting underway in just a few weeks.

Entitled ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Landscape: Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers’, the project is community-led and will use popular interest in Viking history to involve local people.

The main focus will be the Vikings and how they used the land, and their influence on the area.

Behind the scheme is the Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust, and it has received a 50% grant of £50,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £37,400 from Argyll and the Islands Leader.

The free Documentary Research Workshops are filling up fast, but if anyone else would like to sign up, they should complete an application form and send it in as soon as possible.

Everyone who indicates a wish to participate will be contacted soon to confirm their attendance and will be provided with more details, and lunch will be provided.

The first workshop will be held on Saturday March 2, and the organisers are delighted that a number of distinguished people will be running the workshops, including:

  • Dr. Colleen Batey: The Vikings in Scotland: myth and reality, Glasgow University
  • Dr Simon Taylor: Place name research, Glasgow University
  • Dr Heather James: An Introduction to Documentary Research
  • Steve Boyle: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland

Heritage and Archaeology: survey, excavation and post excavation

Northlight Heritage (http://northlight-heritage.co.uk/) will be providing professional training and advice for the Hidden Heritage Project, and there will be more details in due course on the training sessions Northlight will provide.

Dates for survey and excavation are being finalised and are likely to be between March and June.

Further information about the project or the volunteer opportunities, and application forms, can be obtained from the project co-ordinator, Fiona Jackson, or Sue Furness and Brian Wilkinson who are supporting the involvement of schools and young people — all of whom can be contacted on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Information is also obtainable on the website of the project hosts, the Arrochar and Tarbet Community Development Trust: http://www.threevillages.org.uk/

Last Updated ( Monday, 28 January 2013 10:16 )  

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Final Open Meeting

John Hume-wThe final Open Meeting of the season will be on Wednesday March 29 at 7.30pm at the Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh. Professor John Hume willl speak on the history of some West Dunbartonshire churches.

Winter Talks 2016-17

  • Wednesday September 28 2016 — Ewan Kennedy: The Leiper Legacy
  • Wednesday October 26 — The Rev David Clark: Helensburgh Boys Brigade Centenary
  • Wednesday November 30 — Ian MacEachern: The Luss Slate Quarries

  • Wednesday January 25 2017 — Bill Anderson: The Anderson (Local Collection) Trust
  • Wednesday February 22 — Dr Andrew Bicker: Recent Archaelogical Discoveries on the West Coast of Scotland
  • Wednesday March 29 — Professor John Hume: West Dunbartonshire Churches and their history

Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, at 7.30pm prompt.

Charity Number

Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
SC024603