Funding for Iron Age film secured

The Whithorn Trust has been awarded a final £9,300 to complete the funding required for a professional film crew to work with local young people on filming the Iron Age dig to start late this month, near Monreith.

Other funders were The Robertson Trust, the Holywood Trust and the Regional Arts Fund.

Funders felt this was an innovative way of engaging young people from 13 to 25 with heritage. They’ll work with award-winning film makers on creating daily news bulletins about the largest Iron Age village to be found in Scotland, and they’ll use professional-level equipment, learning documentary film techniques, both in front of and behind the camera. There will also be a chance to use drones and underwater camera equipment. The mixture of 2000 year old culture with 21st Century technology is an innovative mix which appealed to funders.

Whithorn Trust spokesperson Julia Muir Watt said: “We will be recruiting young people who would like to work cameras and create storylines and news stories, so please get in touch with the Trust Visitor Centre, by email to and on Facebook.

“The Iron Age digging is set to start on June 29 and there will be lots of family-friendly activities throughout the summer - even some Iron Age menus, and lots of volunteering and hands-on activities, such as dry stone construction, pottery, weaving and of course - archaeology!”