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8 May 2017

History brought to life at Dryburgh Abbey

Dryburgh Abbey is set to transport visitors back to 1322 this weekend (13 and 14 May) in celebration of Scotland’s 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Costumed performer walking on grass with members of the public in the background
Dryburgh 1322 will give visitors the chance to step back in time to the abbey’s heyday, with presentations and demonstrations on everything from medieval cooking to calligraphy. This fun-filled family day out also offers the opportunity to take part in games and find out more about the flora and fauna surrounding the site with the Historic Environment Scotland (HES) Rangers.
Whilst exploring this remarkably complete medieval ruin, visitors will be able to wander around living history camps, learning the skills of medieval guilds. There will also be timed performances throughout the day showing the audience a day in the life of a monk, along with combat and weapon demonstrations, which will end with the destruction of the abbey.
Fraser Napier, Events Assistant at HES (which runs Historic Scotland sites), said:
“As 2017 is Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, we’re shining the spotlight on some of Scotland’s greatest sites, as well as its unique hidden gems. We’re very excited to have this fun filled event at Dryburgh Abbey for the first time.
Everyone is welcome to come along and take part in this exciting, action-packed two-day event. You won’t be disappointed!
Dryburgh 1322 takes place from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May, and is included in the price of admission. Entry is free for Historic Scotland members.

About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017

2017 is the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology (HHA), a year that will celebrate Scotland’s people, our distinct culture and traditions, our historic landscapes, attractions and icons as well as our hidden gems and amazing stories. From World Heritage Sites to ancient monuments, listed buildings to historic battlefields, cultural traditions to our myths, stories and legends, 2017 is the year to explore Scotland’s fascinating past. This is a Scottish Government initiative being led by VisitScotland and a variety of partners.

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For further information

Ali George
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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