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On track to bind the Park’s Cultural Heritage

11th May 2010

The Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) is calling all Park residents who have an interest in cultural heritage to attend the first ever Cairngorms Cultural Heritage Conference which will take place on Saturday 12 June at Boat of Garten Community Hall.

Fiona McLean, Community Heritage Officer said “Cultural Heritage is high up on our agenda and this conference will be a fantastic opportunity to get everyone with an interest in cultural heritage all into one room to share ideas and experiences.”

This Conference will provide a great introduction to not only the range of resources but also to the people and organisations who will be able to help and inspire individuals and communities to get started on the path to discovering, documenting and preserving elements that helped make their area what it is today.

With talks from the likes of Mairi Stewart from the Centre for History at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Ishbel MacKinnon from Scotland’s Rural Past and workshops from the Highland Archives, Historic Scotland or applying for funding this conference will certainly provide all the information that is required by community groups to help deliver heritage projects in their area.

Bob Powell, The Highland Council Principal Museums Officer said “The heritage and culture of an area or community is something that whether aware of it or not affects, inspires and touches all, whether inhabitant or visitor, in different ways. Encouraging community interest in heritage and culture in a coordinated approach from individuals through to established institutions or agencies, might be demonstrated to be the most viable way forward to achieve comprehensive related objectives.”

Funding for the conference has been received from Cairngorms Local Action Group therefore attendance will be free, with lunch and refreshments provided. There will also be free coaches available to transport delegates to and from the conference departing from the two sides of the Park, en route from Dalwhinnie and Braemar. Booking is essential and further information including the programme can be viewed here.