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13 August 2018

Mary Queen of Scots returns to Scotland from France

Mary Queen of Scots celebrates the return of Heritage Awareness Day as this week marks 457 years since she returned to Scotland from France.

A woman in a historic purple dress stands in front of a building waving a map and holding a sign with two arrows, one pointing to 'France' and one to 'Leith.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is preparing for the return of Heritage Awareness Day on Thursday 20 September. This year’s celebration, taking place in the European Year of Cultural Heritage, will celebrate historic connections between Scotland and Europe, showcasing how Scotland’s historic environment has been shaped and influenced by Europe, from the prehistoric to the present.

The first Heritage Awareness Day, which took place in October last year, reached more than 1.2 million people throughout Scotland and beyond as communities came together to delve into the past, explore their heritage and celebrate the history on their doorsteps.

A woman in a historic purple dress holding a sign with two arrows, one pointing to Leith, the other to France

Community groups, schools and individuals are encouraged to share stories, photographs and videos, or even carry out their own research to uncover historic links with Europe.

To join in with the conversation on social media, use the hashtag #ScottishConnections on Twitter and Instagram.

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About Historic Environment Scotland (HES)

  • We are the lead public body charged with caring for, protecting and promoting the historic environment. We will lead on delivering Scotland’s first strategy for the historic environment, Our Place in Time.
  • Historic Scotland, Scran, Canmore, The National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP), The Engine Shed, Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle are sub-brands of HES.
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Year of Young People 2018

The Year of Young People (YoYP 2018) will inspire Scotland through its young people aged 8 to 26, celebrating their achievements, valuing their contributions to communities and creating new opportunities for them to shine locally, nationally and globally. Over 200 young people throughout Scotland will become #YOYP2018 Ambassadors, ensuring their communities know about local opportunities to celebrate young people.

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For further information, please contact:

Stacey Dent
Historic Environment Scotland Media Office
Direct line: 0131 668 8097
Mobile: 07557 489 322