A Symposium and Arts Festival

supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

18th and 19th September 2008 @ Prestonpans Community Centre

Symposium and Arts Festival ImageThe Battle of Prestonpans was arguably the high point of the 1745 Jacobite rebellion and provided the Prince and his Highland army with all the hope and ambition they needed for the subsequent march towards London.

The Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust is campaigning to protect the battle site for future generations and build a state-of-the-art living history visitor centre.

They also aim to further knowledge of the battle and to celebrate the flourishing artistic creativity which the victory sparked.

The Battle of Prestonpans Conference provides the opportunity for the local community to come together with involved academics, local historians and artists and to discuss the Battle and explore its cultural heritage. It is free to attend and is set to become a biennial event.

The programme is still subject to change, but in outline will consist of:

Thursday 18th September, 10.00am – 5pm

  • The Significance of Prestonpans in the 1745 Jacobite Campaign
    Dr Christopher Duffy, eminent historian and author.
  • The Role of Archaeology in Battlefield Investigation
    Dr Tony Pollard, Director of Glasgow University's Centre for Battlefield Archaeology.
  • The Protection of Battlefield sites throughout Scotland and the Particular Significance of East Lothian.
    Panel discussion, including representatives from Dunbar (1650), Pinkie (1547) Historic Scotland, Scottish Power and East Lothian Council.

                               A buffet lunch will be available (own cost)
  • Reinterpreting Culloden and Lessons for Prestonpans
    Alexander Bennett, National Trust for Scotland: Culloden Project Leader
  • The Vision for the Battle of Prestonpans: Victory Hope & Ambition
    Dr Gordon Prestoungrange and Gareth Bryn-Jones of the Battle of Prestonpans Heritage Trust.
  • Social Anthropology of Battle Towns
    Shirley Ann Watson, Glasgow University

  • What Happens in a Battle – the Different Perspectives of Eye Witnesses? - 6:30pm
    Dr Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre

  • The Battle of Pots and Pans - 7.30pm
    Performance of the specially commissioned play by Andrew Dallmeyer

Friday 19th September, 10am – 3pm

A range of community activities concentrating on the creative influences of the battle - on literature, song and the visual arts.

  • Schools workshops
  • Children’s storytelling sessions
  • Writers’ workshops led by Janet Paisley
  • Art workshops for children and adults
  • The art of re-enactment and battle modelling  led by Gordon Veitch

Entrance on both days is free, but participants must pre-register.  Places will be allocated

on a first come basis.  Please register via the following methods: