The Great Big History Weekend – Sunday 2nd April

Another day, another load of great big history to share with visitors to Stirling Castle. Once again YAC members and parents came to help their beloved leaders to spread the archaeological word. Kathryn, Lee and Olivia all did sterling work (sorry).

Digging for very old rubbish
Digging for very old rubbish

It was a really hectic day; much busier than Saturday. We really could have done with more space and a few more boxes of archaeological goodness for folk to poke about in.

By 16:00 we had been visited by about 300 people, making the total for the two days just a little over 500!

May I have some more sword please sir?
May I have some more sword please sir?

Today people were trying on the chainmail, attempting to lift the replica Bruce sword and excavating and then un-excavating our medieval bones and pottery bits.

Lots of young folk were collecting stickers for their Heritage Hero passports. They had to complete four activities, including an archaeological dig, to be awarded a Heritage Hero certificate. The folk on the Archaeology Scotland stand provided us with stickers to hand out, and we had pretty much run out by the end of the day. It was a great idea and really encouraged families to try out a range of activities.

Young certificated heroes!
Young certificated heroes!
Scotland's Urban Past were just next door
Scotland’s Urban Past were just next door
One size chainmail, guaranteed to fit
One size chainmail, guaranteed to fit
Knight knight
Knight knight
Half way through a makeover
Half way through a makeover
Digging for very old rubbish
Digging for very old rubbish
YAC members at work
YAC members at work
Anonymous knight
Anonymous knight
On the verge of major archaeological discoveries
On the verge of major archaeological discoveries

The Great Big History Weekend – Saturday 1st April

Some of us have been at Stirling Castle today running a stand at the Great Big History Weekend put on by Historic Environment Scotland (Historic Scotland as was). Katy, Michael, Ronan and Ryan came along to help out today, along with assorted grandparents and parents who helped out too. We had more than 200 visitors over the course of the afternoon!

The Mystery Leader with the big nose and shiny head
The Mystery Leader with the big nose and shiny head

We had some finds from the graveyard dig along with two boxes of finest top soil in which we buried medieval cattle bones, pottery and coal found at Abbot House in 1992. Loads of children came to have a go at excavating, with our intrepid volunteers quickly burying everything again ready for the next visitors.

What's it worth to remove this photograph I wonder
What’s it worth to remove this photograph I wonder

We also took along our collection of medieval-style clothes and armour along with the replica of Robert the Bruce’s sword. These proved a massive success, attracting attention and plenty of young folk wanting to try on the wee chainmail.

That chainmail again
That chainmail again
Wielding the replica of Robert the Bruce's inflatable sword
Wielding the replica of Robert the Bruce’s inflatable sword

We’re back again tomorrow from 12:00 to 16:00 along with folk from Archaeology Scotland, HES and other groups with plenty of archaeological activities to try out.

YAC member modelling chainmail
Modelling chainmail