Dig It! TV are bringing a selection of Scotland’s lesser-known castles into the digital age through YouTube and Wikipedia!
A series of eight YouTube videos created in partnership with presenter David Weinczok, a.k.a. The Castle Hunter, will be released in conjunction with two free Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thons’.
Thanks to funding from the Castle Studies Trust, the project features everything from sumptuous rooms fit for a queen to ruined seaside strongholds. Episodes will cover Borthwick Castle and Crichton Castle in Midlothian; Preston Tower in East Lothian; MacDuff Castle, Ravenscraig Castle and Seafield Tower in Fife; Dundonald Castle in South Ayrshire; and Neidpath Castle in the Scottish Borders.
Dr Jeff Sanders, Project Manager at Dig It!, said:
“YouTube and Wikipedia are two of the most popular websites in the world, which makes them the perfect place to inspire the next generation of castle enthusiasts. We’re looking forward to shining a spotlight on some of these lesser-known, but equally fascinating, sites.”
Dig It! are also organising two Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thons’ at venues which blend history and technology as part of September’s Scottish Archaeology Month. The first will be held on 18 September at the Riverside Museum in Glasgow and the second on 21 September at the Engine Shed in Stirling.
At the events, Dr Sara Thomas, Scotland Programme Coordinator for Wikimedia UK, will guide attendees as they edit Wikipedia entries in order to improve the articles for each page. Both ‘edit-a-thons’ are open to everyone and booking is now available on the Dig It! website via the links above.
Jeremy Cunnington, Chair of Trustees at the Castle Studies Trust, said:
“The Castle Studies Trust is delighted to have funded these videos as it raises these important (but not well enough known) castles. The videos will hopefully encourage visitors to these sites and show how these – and all the other castles in Scotland – play an important part in Scottish history and heritage.”
Dig It! TV is coordinated by the Dig It! project, which celebrates and shares Scottish archaeology. The YouTube channel comprises more than 50 freely available videos which cover topics such as medieval hospitals, excavations and hidden heritage gems.