Time for Doors Open day

Published: 23 Aug 2012 09:000 comments

CLACKMANNANSHIRE is once again opening its doors with the rest of Scotland in association with the Council of Europe European Heritage Days.

During next month's Doors Open Days, a host of county estates with cultural and historic interest

will welcome members of the public completely free of charge.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated with a display at Tillicoultry's Devonvale Hall and an additional exhibition at Dollar Museum - which will focus on the Coronation Day in 1953 and Her Majesty's visit to Dollar on 28 June 1963.

Resonate Arts House will be taking part for the first time and will complement the studios of glass designer and maker Elin Isaksson and Retroglass.

After a very popular debut last year, Alloa Sheriff Court, Burnfoot Hill Wind Farm, Dollar Academy and HMP Glenochil are all taking part again.

Churches in Alloa and Dollar will be offering guided tours of their rich interiors. The old kirkyards of Alloa and Alva, with their remarkable mausolea for the Erskine and Johnstone families, will also be open for guided tours.

Gean House, Glenmore House, Greenfield and Inglewood all provide an interesting glimpse into the domestic lives of some of Alloa's Victorian entrepreneurs.

Perennial favourites such as Clackmannan Tower, Hilton Farm, where many Erskine family portraits can be seen, and Sauchie Tower will be open again and will offer fascinating guided tours.

The event is promoted nationally by The Scottish Civic Trust with part sponsorship from Historic Scotland. For more information and a full list of who's opening their doors, head to www.doorsopendays.org.uk.

Doors Open Events:

Dig Dollar Glen with Ochils Landscape Partnership and the National Trust for Scotland, 15-23 September. Have a go at excavation, drawing, photography and surveying. Volunteers are welcome to help for some or all of the week. To book in advance, contact Kirsty McAlister on (01259) 452675 or via email at kmcalister@clacks.gov.uk.

Explore archeological landscapes with Friends of Sauchie Tower, 23 September. The walk between Alloa and Sauchie Tower will explore the environs of the medieval citadels to consider how they evolved and to discover what evidence has survived. To book your place on the tour, call (01259) 450000 or email customerservice@clacks.gov.uk.

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