Telling the Castle Story
‘Telling the Castle Story' is an extensive community programme which will run alongside the castle conservation works.
Activities included within the programme are open to the local community and are suited to people of
all ages and skill sets.
If you would like be part of any of the activities, please contact Melanie Davis (Community Engagement Officer) at email@example.com or on 01631 570550.
Here are projects included in Telling the Castle Story Programme:
Lifestyle and Artefacts
This project has been created for a group of young adults (11 - 25 years) who would like to receive a National Arts Award.
The group will photograph and research objects, archive and costume from the castle. From all the images and information gathered, the group will then develop a digital presentation which shall be presented at the “Piping the Castle Story” event which will be held later in the year.
The group will also produce a manual for use of digital light show for future events as well as producing images for castle booklet and remote access kiosk.
(Photo Credit: Dennis Hardley)
The Workman’s Camp (Measured Drawings)
This project requires maximum of 2 participants
Participants for the Workman’s Camp will spend approx. 2 and a half days on the project. The project will require participants to measure and record areas of the workman’s camp (area of castle consolidation) in order to produce measured drawings.
These drawings will then be collated for final technical report as well as the castle booklet and remote access kiosk.
Participants will be led by archaeologist.
The Workman’s Camp (Special Features)
This project requires a maximum of 2 participants.
Participants would carry out one short visit to the Workman’s Camp per day to watch, measure and record any special features which may be revealed during the works.
One half day a week would be advised to research, record and draw special features. This information will be collated for final digital report as well as castle booklet and remote access kiosk.
Participants will be led by archaeologist.
Sustainability – Jacobean Castle Bedhangings
This project would be ideal for anyone with a keen interest in textiles.
Participants can join a special interest weekend in Oban and learn the traditional stitching techniques – similar to those used to create the ancient bed hangings from Dunollie Castle.
Further information and dates of workshop TBA.
Stories and Characters
Participants of this project will research, transcribe and record stories e.g. letters between Clan Chief Ian Ciar and his wife Mary MacDonald of Sleat who was left to mind the castle during the 1745 rising.
These participants, led by one of our Archive Team, will decide on a format which is accessible for all ages, produce 2 panels as well as information for the castle booklet and remote access kiosk.
Remote Access Kiosk
Participants pull together and collate a varied selection of information, from the history of the ancient castle right up to current castle conservation process. They will then work alongside our visitor services manager on content, images, stories and reports.
All of this information will then be collated and uploaded onto our brand new Remote Access Kiosk.
This kiosk will be available onsite for visitors to interact with – particularly those who have restricted access to the castle itself.
Participants pull together and collate a varied selection of information, from the history of the ancient castle right up to current castle conservation process through creating a selection of chapters. They will then work alongside our visitor services manager on content, images, stories and reports.
All of this information will then be collated and fed into the Castle Booklet.
This booklet will be available for visitor to Dunollie to take home as a souvenir.
Participants involved in the blogging will collect content from all other projects within the Telling the Castle Story Programme to create content for the online castle blog for the duration of the consolidation works.
These entries will then be added to the castle blog which will feature on the Dunollie website as well as social media pages and Dunollie Newsletters.
Participants will work alongside the Marketing Officer to create blog.
Activities and Events – Piping the Castle Story
Piping the Castle Story will be the event to officially mark the completion of phase II and access to the base of the castle tower.
The event will be an evening of storytelling and pipe tunes, which will be centred on Dunollie Castle, the MacDougall’s and the Lorn region.
This event will also showcase the Media Show created by the National Arts Awards participants, which will be projected onto the castle wall.
Piping the Castle Story will take place on Friday 23rd September 2016 7.30 pm.