A grand finale season

10 Jul 2012

The Bannockburn Heritage Centre has been buzzing since it opened for the new season just over three weeks ago, with many visitors very aware that it’s the last year for this building. They are keen to have a last look round and probably will have happy memories of the place. 

Later this year it will close for the last time, and then be demolished, ready for the brand-new centre due to open in 2014. It’s an exciting venture bringing the interpretation of one of Scotland’s most important battles into the 21st Century. The latest technology will be used to bring the conflict to life, and immerse you in the fight.

Meanwhile, the team at Bannockburn are busy with their activities, including the extensive education programme, and guiding visitors through the current audio-visual display and exhibition. However, if you have memories, or better still photographs of the old building in its early days, then they’d be delighted to hear from you. 

Property manager, Scott McMaster, is keen to gather an archive before it all disappears. 

“It has been strange to open knowing that this is our last season in our old home and the archive will be a fitting farewell. There’s naturally some sadness, but that is exceeded by the excitement of what’s to come. I can’t wait to present the new building and all that it will offer.”

But he has plenty in store for this season, including some fantastic Easter fun, which begins on Good Friday. Amongst other things you can ‘spot the knight’ and win an egg, or meet Robert Bruce’s nephew Sir Thomas Randolph talking about the battle and presenting a living hands-on history session. There are quizzes, face painting, and of course the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail.

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