People in Oban and the surrounding areas have the chance to discover how they can get involved with their local history at a special event about community heritage.

Celebrating archaeology, history and heritage at a local level, Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference in Oban – which takes place on Saturday 17th September – will focus on the volunteer groups embarking on heritage projects in the Argyll and Bute area and meet communities who are bringing their public buildings back into use for the benefit of the local area.

As well as a series of talks, interactive workshops and displays, the Oban event will feature a special session on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015. Hosted by Phil Richardson from Archaeology Scotland, this session will include topics about ‘Right To Buy’ and the ‘Asset Transfer’ schemes and explore what these new changes will mean for community bodies and groups throughout Scotland.

This new legislation, which will be implemented later this year, will bring greater opportunities for publicly-owned assets to be transferred to and managed by local communities. Community and volunteer groups from across the country who are already involved in this process will be on hand to talk about their experiences. Recent such work involving The Oban Communities Trust saw the safeguarding of the former Rockfield Primary School from demolition with their campaign to give the building a sustainable future as a community and cultural hub, now known as The Rockfield Centre.

Commenting on the Community Heritage Conference, Carol Stobie, Audience Development Officer for Historic Environment Scotland’s community engagement project Scotland’s Urban Past, said:

“This conference is the perfect opportunity for people to engage with and discover more about their own local history and heritage. Having the chance to hear both from experts and those involved in community-led projects and initiatives will help those attending to identify potential opportunities for greater community empowerment and participation. With specialists on hand to offer advice, guidance and a series of interactive workshops, it promises to make for an engaging day-long event.”

Highlights include speakers from Oban Communities Trust and the Ardnamurchan History and Heritage Association on their work to celebrate the heritage of the Ardnamurchan peninsula and the historic township of Glenrea.

Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference is organised and delivered in partnership with Archaeology ScotlandHistoric Environment ScotlandScotland's Urban Past, the SCAPE Trust and Dig It! 2017.

The Community Heritage Conference in Oban is the second of three conferences that are being held across Scotland this year. The event takes place on Saturday 17th September, from 10am-5pm at the Argyllshire Gathering Halls, Breadalbane Street, Oban, Argyll, PA34 5NZ. Tickets are priced at £10 each and includes a light lunch and refreshments.

Further information about the event and how to book can be found here.

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