We have had a busy month re-building our archive since the Rackline storage went in. We didn’t realise we had so much, and that it had actually fitted in that wee archive room!! But, it is all safely back on the shelves. We even have “empty” shelves, something we never had the luxury of before.
A massive thank you to the Dunkeld and Birnam Men’s Shed for all their hard graft and skill at making this happen.
Also, a massive thank you to Asheville Sister Cities, our wonderful ‘twinned’ family across the pond, who’s very kind donation from their 2023 Burns Supper has paid for the project.
The Scottish Horse regimental collection just behind a “very happy” manager:
So, our minds are very much on our forthcoming Living History weekend now.
We start the event with an amazing performance by our local storyteller, Lindsey Gibb.
Friday 28th July at 7pm, Birnam Arts. Tickets cost £12 + £1 booking fee and are available from birnamarts.com or on the door.
“Do you think you know about Witches?….Think again!” Join Lindsey for a true account of the Witches of Dunkeld and surrounding areas in the superstition rife 17th century.
Saturday 29th July, 10am, Stanley Hill Park.
The weekend outdoor FREE entertainment begins. The park will be open to the public until 5pm.
The Erskine Regiment will capture your attention with their amazing camp, complete with Barbers Surgeon and all his gory stories and props. Musket, Pike and Canon displays will be on in the events arena throughout the day.
The Scots at War, Great War Society, London Scottish, Canadian Forestry Corp. and Local Defence Volunteers will “show & tell” the stories from the Boer, Great and 2nd World Wars.
Jesters will be on hand to irritate entertain you!! With their Stocks to get your “own back” on family members, knife throwing, and general fun and games.
Our 12th Century Knight will dazzle you with his magnificent armour and weaponry.
Steven, our Caricature artist, will be available to create a wonderful likeness.
Our very own Birnam Highland Games members will tell you the fascinating history of the Games, going way back to the early 19th century, and show you some of their ‘tools of the trade’.
Blairgowrie, Rattray and District Pipe Band will play throughout the day.
The Fire Heritage stand will also be here, showing you the kit from 100 years ago to present.
EXHIBITION OF VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHY – Will be held in the Community Archive, 12 The Cross, Dunkeld. £3 entry, U12’s free.
An album containing the earliest ever photographs of Dunkeld, from May 1857, will be on display to the public for the first time, along with the fascinating story of the photographer, Dr John Wheeley Gough Gutch.
Joining Gutch’s amazing display will be Dunkeld and Birnam’s own Victorian photographer, Alexander MacKenzie, who started in Dunkeld as a photographer’s assistant in 1865.
Many cameras from throughout time will be on display, along with modern technology showing how we use photography to create 3D images for our online exhibitions.
WITNESS VICTORIAN PHOTOGRAPHY FIRST HAND – displays throughout the day in The Chanonry, Cathedral Street, Dunkeld, by Dave Hunt who uses this process for his photography today. £5 entry (tickets available from birnamarts.com or on the door, but spaces are very limited so early booking is advised). See the full process, from taking the shot to developing the glass plate negative.
You can also have the amazing opportunity to have YOUR photo taken ‘old-style’. This privilege will cost £50 and bookings should be made direct by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (spaces are even more limited for this opportunity, so book early to avoid disappointment).
CONCERT IN BIRNAM ARTS – 7pm. Tickets cost £15 + £1 booking fee available from birnamarts.com or on the door. The Saturday is rounded off nicely with a stunning performance by Dunkeld’s very own Soprano Colleen Nicholl. She is joined by Tenor, David Douglas and Pianist, Andrew Johnston for an evening of reimagined stories ‘under the branches’ of the Birnam Oak. Tales of love, hate, life and death will be staged by the trio in this special show devised for our event.
Sunday 30th July – Stanley Hill Park events, photography exhibition and displays resume 10am to 5pm.
THE STORY OF THE CHURCH WITH MUSIC – Dunkeld Cathedral at 3pm. Tickets £12 + £1 booking fee available at birnamarts.com or on the door. A fascinating history with fabulous music from the church choir and other local musicians.
We complete the weekend of entertainment with another performance in Birnam Arts.
DANIEL DOWNIE, COMEDIAN & SCOTTISH HISTORIAN – 8PM. Tickets cost £12 + £1 booking fee available at birnamarts.com or on the door. An “Edinburgh Fringe sensation”, Daniel aims to showcase Scotland’s best historical characters and stories; you’ll learn and laugh about everything from William Wallace to Susan Boyle. So come along and laugh a lot while you learn a little.
We hope you can join us for a fabulous weekend.
Some pics from last year….