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August 23, 2009

Saturday 14 November 2009: Scotland’s Rural Past Second Annual Conference

Ben Nevis Hotel, Fort William

The work of more than fifty volunteer-led projects in researching and recording the rural heritage of Scotland will be showcased at Scotland’s Rural Past (SRP) annual conference on 14 November 2009.
Focusing on medieval and later rural settlement history in Scotland, the conference will offer delegates an opportunity to hear more about the discoveries now being made through SRP projects across the country.

A number of SRP volunteers will present the results of their project findings, which are helping to illuminate our understanding and change our perceptions of this fascinating period of Scottish history.

Cultural historian and former curator of the Highland Folk Museum, Ross Noble, will give the key note address: his paper will consider the history, archaeology and reconstruction of turf buildings.

The one day programme includes a series of workshops, including archaeological site photography and site interpretation through living history, a wine reception and a conference dinner. On-going work by SRP projects will be on display during the conference, and staff from RCAHMS will also demonstrate a range of archaeological survey equipment.

Delegates are also invited to take part in guided walks on Sunday 15 November to abandoned rural settlements in the vicinity.

A conference fee of £10 includes refreshments, buffet lunch and wine reception.

Details and registration forms are available on the SRP website from early August, or from the SRP team at, tel 0131 662 1456.

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