Latest technology to relay history

THE STORY of some of the county’s most enigmatic former residents is being relayed via the latest cutting-edge technology.

As the final part of a programme of work to update the facilities at Pictavia, the centre for Pictish heritage in Angus, new computers with interactive touch-screens have been installed.

The technology is also used in the centre’s updated Pictish stone catalogue, which shows all the carved Pictish stones which have been found in Angus on a map which shows the location of all findings, details what each stone looks like including a description of the symbols and its present location.

The project to update all the computers and develop the new software was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Rural Tayside LEADER 2007-2013 Programme.

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s tourism spokeswoman, welcomed the additions to the centre.

She said : “Pictavia is a wonderful day out for anyone who is interested in finding out about the Picts. Visitors are always keen to see something new, and these interactive exhibits are an innovative way of finding out more about our ancient ancestors.

“Of course, as well as being a great educational resource, they are also a lot of fun.”

Pictavia has also organised a number of events as part of the first ever Angus Heritage Week which runs from September 7 to 14.

On Monday, September 10 there will be a Pictish Day Out, which is a special chance to visit some of the most important sites of Pictish history in Angus. Covering Pictavia, Aberlemno, the Meffan Museum in Forfar and St Vigeans, the tour will be guided by Dr Sheila Hainey of the Pictish Arts Society.

Lunch, transport and entry into all attractions is included at a total cost of £12 and bookings can be made by calling 01356 623050.

On Thursday, September 13 from 2 to 4pm there will be a Pictish question and answer session and not matter what the question about the Picts, Norman Atkinson, president of the Pictish Arts Society, will be on hand to provide answers or the most popular theories about Pictish life.

The usual Pictavia entrance fees apply and booking is not required.

Until the end of October, a replica Pictish throne will also be on display at Pictavia. This is based on an image on a carved stone found in Perthshire, and was commissioned as part of a partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland to support the study and understanding of people of Early Historic Scotland.

Further details are available online at www.pictavia.org.uk.