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Battle Fun & Confer-ing - June 4th/ 6th

The 1st was widely enjoyed so we've extended the formula for 2010 ...

We were originally part sponsored in 2008 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to convene a National Scottish Battlefields Conference. As chance would have it, that got our timing just about right - nationally so to speak. After a year or more debate, Historic Scotland and the nation's Minister of Culture finally got the notion of a 'National Battlefield Inventory' in place, and Prestonpans moved into pole position.

Our 2nd National Biennial Conference, [2010 of course!] is to be convened [i] in Prestonpans Town Hall on Friday June 4th only and [ii] at Prestongrange Heritage Museum Friday 4th/ Sunday 6th inclusive. It is once again to be chaired by Herbert Coutts with Kristine Cunningham as Convenor. As the detailing below begins to indicate, the Town Hall sessions on Friday are the more traditional conference fare - knowledgeable speakers, Q&A sessions and Panel Discussions.

Away at Prestongrange Heritage Museum, BattleBus parked up close by and open for visitors, the Trust's Clan Exhibition will be continuously showing in the Power House all three days. The Trust's dvd and competitive Prestonpans BattleGaming with Gordon Veitch will be available on the Trust's topographical 10' x 8' board. [Can Cope win? The answer is some 40% of the time so far ...] Time thus spent can even serve as practice for teams wishing to compete in the Prestonpans BattleGame Grand 'Challenge Cup' Final on September 25th this year.

Sunday 6th at the Prestongrange Heritage Museum from 11.00 - 17.00 is Fun Time for the youngsters with re-enactors from the Glenbuckets on hand and Storytelling aplenty.


Friday 4th June: Prestonpans Town Hall

10.0 Welcome

10.15 The Prince as Commander-in-Chief
Arran Johnston, Trustee of the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust

11.00 Politics and the Scottish Heralds
Charles Burnett, Ross Herald of Arms

12.00 Warrior Prince, Some Images of Charles Edward Stuart
Nicola Kalinsky, Chief Curator and Deputy to the Director
Scottish National Portrait Gallery

13.00 Break for lunch

13.30 The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry
Andrew Crummy, Artist and Co-ordinator

14.15 Battle Schools Visits and Miniature Gaming
Martine Robertson and Gordon Veitch

15.00 New Archaeological Insights
Dr Tony Pollard, University of Glasgow

16.00 What Next for the Prestonpans Battle Dream?
Dr Gordon Prestoungrange, Chairman, Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust.

Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th June: Heritage Museum

11am – 5pm An exhibition celebrating the role of the Highland clans in the Battle of Prestonpans

Sunday 6th June: Heritage Museum

11am – 5pm Come and see how the Jacobite army lived and fought. Regular weapons demonstrations, mini-skirmishes and storytelling.

Battles will be fought all day on the miniature gaming board. Which side will you be on? Can Cope win?

Published Date: April 14th 2010

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