Cash boost enables Bailies to launch project

The Bailies of Bennachie research colony house
The Bailies of Bennachie research colony house

Bailies of Bennachie has received £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to celebrate 2017 as the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology.

This project is a partnership of The Bailies of Bennachie, Smart History and Aberdeen University and supported by Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeenshire Council Ranger Service and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Mither Tap in winter

Mither Tap in winter

The project is called “Bennachie: Understanding Stones, hear the stories and relive the past”.

It will be led by volunteers from the local community and aims to chronicle the stories and the histories of rural life of the Bennachie Colonists that had homes on the hill in the 19th and early 20th Century in imaginative ways that are accessible to current and future generations.

The project funds the creation of a digital application program about the Bennachie Colonists, planting a simple garden and creating a play about the Colonists to be performed in September 2017.

The project starts on Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 4pm at the Garioch Community Centre, Victoria Street, Inverurie.

Smart History will run an open workshop, which is open to anyone interested in “Digital Bennachie”.

The free workshop will offer a “taste” of the elements needed to create a mobile application about the Bennachie Colonists.

This is a great opportunity to get involved as there are different aspects to this app creation from creating narrative, spherical scenes and digital objects.

Topics such as 3D digitization, spherical imagery and curation will be discussed in brief during the morning with a hands on practical session in the afternoon.

Stations for creating photogrammetry and 3D scanning will be available for demonstrations.

So far,members of Inverurie Youth Forum are planning to be involved in the project.

This first workshop is an excellent opportunity to see what is actually involved in creating an app.

If you are interested or wish to book a place on this taster workshop call 07799 658209 or email the Bailies of Bennachie at