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6 April 2017

Kelvingrove visitors to be virtually transported to Scottish World Heritage sites

World Heritage Day celebrations set to kick off at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Children having fun using VR headsets
Visitors to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow will have the opportunity to be transported to the heart of Scotland’s World Heritage Sites as part of a special event to mark World Heritage Day. 
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum will host a full day of free activities on Tuesday 11 April to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage, in the run up to World Heritage Day on 18 April.
This fun-filled day out will give visitors the chance to virtually visit each of Scotland’s six World Heritage Sites in spectacular 3D, find out more about what World Heritage is all about and take part in a number of activities the whole family can enjoy.
Visitors can try out the very latest in technology by putting on a VR headset to explore Scotland’s iconic World Heritage sites in 3D. See first-hand the cutting-edge technology used to develop interactive 3D digital models of the sites and rise to the challenge by having a go at the educational games on offer, courtesy of The Scottish Ten team from Historic Environment Scotland and The Glasgow School of Art.
From dressing up as a 19th century millworker from New Lanark and handling replica Neolithic and Roman artefacts to designing a Forth Bridge jigsaw puzzle and building your very own St Kilda Mailboat, there’s plenty on offer to keep everyone engaged.
Make your way around the stalls where you will experience Scotland’s unique World Heritage Sites being brought to life. Staff from HES and partner organisations will also be on hand to serve up fun facts and stories and to answer your questions.
Dr Rebecca Jones, Head of the Archaeology and World Heritage Team at HES, said: “Scotland’s World Heritage Sites span thousands of years and hundreds of miles, and you’re never far from a place of worldwide significance. This event at the Kelvingrove gives visitors a great opportunity to experience these sites in a remarkable new way, find out more and perhaps plan their own trips to explore them further - with so much to see and do, it’s a must visit for the whole family.”
The World Heritage Day event takes place from 10am to 4pm on Tuesday 11 April 2017 at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow. Entrance is free and non-ticketed.
Historic Environment Scotland, Scotland’s lead body for the historic environment, is offering an extra six months free membership when you join Historic Scotland before 30 April, encouraging families to ‘catch the history bug’ in the themed year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.

About World Heritage Day

  • World Heritage Day was established to celebrate the diversity of heritage throughout the world. Across the UK and beyond, World Heritage sites run special events and activities to promote World Heritage values.

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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Gavrielle Kirk-Cohen 
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
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