FALKIRK Herald columnist Ian Scott will lead free history walks around Kinneil Estate in Bo’ness on Friday, May 18.
The parkland is packed with historical treasures – including a 15th century mansion, the ruins of a medieval church and a cottage used by inventor James Watt.
The evening walks leave from outside Kinneil Museum at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on May 18 and are part of “Night at Kinneil Museum”, just one of the many events taking place around Scotland as part of the national Festival of Museums weekend (May 18 to 20).
Visitors to Kinneil will also get the chance to meet members of the Roman re-enactment group the Antonine Guard, enjoy music from UNISON Kinneil Band and pick-up free history goodie bags (subject to availability). Full details on the May 18 event are online at www.kinneil.org.uk/night
The museum is normally open in the afternoons (Monday to Saturdays), but will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 18. It has recently been renovated, with the addition of new toilets and a disabled ramp, funded by Falkirk Council.
The facility features a display on the 2000 years of history at Kinneil Estate, plus fun hands-on exhibits for children.
“Night at Kinneil Museum” has been organised by the charity The Friends of Kinneil, with support from Falkirk Community Trust, and funding from Museums Galleries Scotland as part of the Festival of Museums.
Maria Ford from the Friends said: “It should be a great evening, offering something for everyone. We’re delighted Ian Scott has agreed to take people around the surrounding Kinneil Estate as part of the Night at Kinneil Museum.”
The walk and evening activities are free to attend on May 18. Please note that anyone going on the walk should wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Children are welcome, but should be supervised by an adult. In the event of wet weather, the walk may be re-scheduled.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL OF MUSEUMS
· The Festival of Museums will take place 18-20 May 2012.
- Museums across Scotland are taking part with day and night-time events.
- Organisers say the national celebration encourages museums to work together – and to highlight how they can offer great-value days out, throughout the year.
- The Scottish festival – co-ordinated by Museums Galleries Scotland – takes place on the same weekend as Museums at Night events across the UK.
- Visit www.festivalofmuseums.com to explore the full events programme.
- The Kinneil event has been supported with a Festival of Museums grant from Museums Galleries Scotland.
VISITING KINNEIL MUSEUM FOR THE FIRST TIME?
- Visit www.kinneil.org.uk/map for directions and a map.