CAERLAVEROCK Castle is at the centre of Historic Environment Scotland and The Stove Network’s inclusive heritage project, Creative Caerlaverock.
Phase two launched this week, working to support wider inclusion with Scotland’s historic environment sector
There will be living history, themed interactive tours, ecology, plus the gathering and retelling of stories.
This ambitious project is working with key stakeholders across the region to develop new and innovative approaches to heritage learning.
It seeks to bring new opportunities for learning groups who are underrepresented or not currently engaged with heritage, and those working in the sector, and unearth imaginative possibilities for the triangular castle.
The work carried out in phase one was documented and delivered as a report to HES, with recommendations on how to develop the project further, ensuring future stages of Creative Caerlaverock engages key demographics with their local heritage across the region.
Now in its second phase the project team are working closely with key target audiences, including those identified as either marginalised or disadvantaged, to help build a new approach to heritage learning, to support accessibility, diversity and inclusion within the sector.
Project manager Sal Cuddihy said: “Creative Caerlaverock is a creative learning and inclusion project working across arts, heritage, and sciences, to develop skills, increase confidence and support wellbeing through storytelling, history, creativity, and technology. Through the targeting of priority local audiences, the project aims to engage these groups and support equality through providing inclusive access and participative opportunities.”
Craig Fletcher, from Historic Environment Scotland, added: “This project will develop the potential of Caerlaverock Castle and its grounds as an inclusive creative learning hub for the local area and a steppingstone to the wider heritage of Dumfries and Galloway.”