Youngsters are ‘Game’ for Local History
Gaming mechanics and time travel might not sound like traditional means of exploring the history of Clyde and Avon valleys, but that’s what CAVLP Heritage are doing with groups of youngsters every Tuesday evening at Settlers Game and Comic Book Café in Hamilton.
The Board Game Design Nights are open to anyone who is interested in exploring the history of the local area and provide an opportunity to creatively explore the mapping heritage of Major-General William Roy, Scotland’s foremost cartographer.
The game design nights have helped to encourage a newfound appreciation for the depth of history that can be discovered in the Clyde and Avon Valleys, from the prehistoric era to the industry and horticulture of the 20th century. The group has been enchanted by such artefacts as the Tricephalos carving in Netherton, and historical characters such as Lugless Will of Lanark and The Black Lady of Broomhill House. They have gone from discussing the mechanics of a board game to start researching places, items and people they would like to reference in the final game.
By using novel methods of engagement CAVLP Heritage hopes to increase awareness of the rich heritage of the CAVLP landscapes, particularly among audiences that did not previously have any interest in or understanding of the history and archaeology that surrounds them daily. From creative arts events, to board games, to fruity archaeology, the team has been employing some fun and playful methods to encourage people to get more broadly involved.
The board game design nights are part of a wider project, Mapping the Past, which focus on the unique mapping heritage of the Clyde and Avon valleys. Youngsters involved in the project are then encouraged to get involved in wider volunteering opportunities available through CAVLP Heritage including site surveys (Capturing the Past project) and archaeological excavations (Investigating the Past project).
These opportunities will allow volunteers to come face to face with the past in a new way, as well as enjoy the mental and physical health benefits that come with working as part of a larger team outdoors!
Every Tuesday evening, 7-9pm
Settlers Game and Comic Book Café, 40 Castle Street, Hamilton, South Lanarkshire, ML3 6BU