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Last chance to learn about the Cairngorms National Park’s Cultural Heritage

18th September 2007

THE last in a series of free cultural heritage courses by the Cairngorms National Park Authority is taking place this weekend.

Culture? What culture? Whose culture? – An exploration into the human heritage of the Cairngorms National Park is taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd at Highlander Hotel, Newtonmore.

Local historian and former curator of the Highland Folk Museum, Ross Noble, and John Wood, from the Highland Archaeological Services, are leading the event.

The course will study the economic and political history of Badenoch, Mar and Strathspey. Amongst the subjects covered will be the clans; the crown; Victorian tourism; sporting estates and the impact of the Highland Clearances and the two World Wars.

There will also be visits to the Highland Folk Park, Loch an Eilean and Clan Macpherson Museum and a ceilidh is being held to mark the end of the popular cultural heritage series.

The event is being run under the Cairngorms Awareness and Pride (CAP) project, which provides courses for the Park’s residents and businesses that promote teach and train in areas that are central to the Park’s aims and special qualities.

Claire Ross, the CNPA’s Education and Inclusion Manager, said: “It is important that we celebrate and understand the built and cultural history of the Park.

“The history of the people and their relationship with the landscape they lived in is very important and interesting. These courses encourage people to learn more about that.

“It is encouraging that they want to find out how people and culture influenced the Park over the years.”

Due to the success of the cultural heritage series it is hoped that a streamlined version will be available later this year or early next year. There are also plans to run a similar project in Deeside for next year.

For more information on CAP courses contact Kate Christie or Sam Masson at CNPA, 14 The Square, Grantown-on-Spey, PH26 3HG or on 01479 870 535 or email [email protected] or [email protected]