Following the success of last year’s Family History Day, we decided to run the event again this year. The 29th November may seem like an unusual day to hold an event like this, but Historic Scotland’s Free Weekend to celebrate St Andrews Day makes it a good opportunity to do something a little different.
This year we decided to team up with the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Visitor Centre to pool our resources and come up with some new activities. Culloden kindly loaned us their Doctor’s Surgery handling kit, as well as one of their red coat volunteers who did 2 presentations. The presentations were very popular and young and old alike learned a lot of interesting facts.
Families enjoyed the craft activities we put on in the Highlanders Room on the ground floor. Children could make their own shields, medals and design their own family crests. To complete their set, visitors could head up to Culloden to make their own swords. This worked well in getting visitors to go to both sites on what was a free day for both sites for those with pre-booked tickets or local post-codes.