Castles of Galloway: Latest Thoughts

Our understanding of Galloway Castles is always changing – what do we know about how they influence the landscape we see today? On 11th of May at 7.30pm, the ‘Can You Dig It’ community archaeology project invites you to join Chris Tabraham as he gives an online talk that builds on more than 40 years’ experience on this topic.

Castles are an iconic part of Scotland’s identity and heritage. Often located in dramatic locations in the landscape overlooking the sea or the land around them, this event is a chance to hear what we know and still don’t! The evening will be led by the Castle expertise and knowledge of Chris Tabraham. Chris retired from Historic Scotland in 2010 after 40 years’ service. Graduating in Ancient & Medieval History and Archaeology from the University of Liverpool in 1969, he spent most of his career in the Ancient Monuments Inspectorate, before retiring as the Agency’s Principal Historian. During his career, he did much research on Scotland’s castles, inc. directing major excavations at Threave Castle (1974-78). He has published extensively, inc. Scotland’s Castles (Batsford, 1997 & 2005) and The Illustrated History of Scotland (Lomond Books, 2005, 2007, 2010 & 2015). He now lives in Argyll, within sight (almost) of Scotland’s oldest stone castle.

To book your free ticket for the online event (delivered through ‘Zoom’), click here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/castles-of-galloway-latest-thoughts-tickets-327248768877.

Ahead of the event, Claire Williamson, senior archaeologist from the Can You Dig It project, said:

“Castles inspire a strange fascination but, in truth, their history is often far more eventful than anything we could think up. Castles are iconic in Scotland, but do we really know everything there is to know about these towering structures? Join us on 11th May and discover that there are still a few surprises up Galloway’s historical sleeve!”
The ‘Can You Dig It’ project forms part of the Galloway Glens Scheme and is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland. Jan Hogarth, Galloway Glens Education and Community Engagement Officer added:  
“I can’t wait for this talk. I was fascinated in Castles as a child always stunned by their presence and beauty in the landscape. Chris Tabraham will bring to life for us how they were used and help us understand how castles were used in relation to the community around them.”



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