The ancient world will meet the modern at Rothesay Library at the launch of a multi-media touring exhibition looking at the deserted settlements of Argyll and Bute and how these ruins came to be.
Argyll and Bute Council have supported Archaeology Scotland in the innovative project which uses the most modern hi-tech new media to bring rural communities in touch with their past.
Visitors will encounter some exciting interactive opportunities including a hand held film projector with surround sound which can be projected onto any surface, even your friend’s forehead. Or operate a projector by pedalling a bicycle made out of recycled parts.
The exhibition is Archaeology Scotland’s first to be presented in both English and Gaelic.
The council’s Policy Lead for Community and Culture, Councillor Robin Currie, said, “The council is happy to provide some of the venues for this touring exhibition, which gives anyone with an interest in our deserted communities the opportunity to learn more about the history of Argyll and Bute in a really new and engaging way.
“What is interesting to discover is that our deserted settlements are not all to do with the Highland Clearances by any means. Our population has always been very dynamic and well connected to the central belt with a rich industrial past, all of which has resulted in a fluctuating and moving population.”
‘Homeland Argyll and Bute’ links rural communities with the national festival, Scottish Archaeology Month, to support and train local groups to share their experiences of becoming involved with the science of archaeology using new media.
The exhibition will run from Friday, March 14 until Friday, April 18 at Rothesay Library.