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By Christie Breen
Annan and Eskdale
Castle site set to inspire creativity

A NEW project will see Caerlaverock Castle at the centre of dynamic heritage activities in 2023.

The Stove Network have teamed up with Historic Environment Scotland to establish Creative Caerlaverock, which will explore ways that local heritage sites can become a valuable and well used resource for their surrounding communities.

A community engagement phase is currently underway using pop-up historic interactions, school engagements, time-travelling forest school, soundscapes, and immersive ancestral suppers, to involve the public and encourage participation from a wider audience.

Creative engagement lead DJ McDowall said of the project: “Heritage can be a misleading word, many people associate it exclusively with old stuff, but our heritage exists in the here and now – it’s dynamic.

“With this project we aim to awaken the joy and richness of our local heritage within our communities, working collaboratively to deliver creative experiences and opportunities to connect with each other, our histories and in turn inform and shapes our collective futures.”

The information gathered from the public will be collated and used to form a future phase of activities to be delivered next year, inspired by the castle.

There will also be an audio/visual spectacle hosted at Caerlaverock Castle in early spring.

Head of learning and inclusion at Historic Environment Scotland Craig Fletcher said: “We’re very excited to be collaborating with The Stove on Creative Caerlaverock.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to use a local site to inspire creative learning, support inclusive access to heritage and provide participative opportunities for local groups who might not have otherwise had the opportunity.”

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