History event for Heritage Week

Nick Barratt at a previous Tayroots family history event. Photo courtesy of www.tayroots.com.
Nick Barratt at a previous Tayroots family history event. Photo courtesy of www.tayroots.com.

This year’s Angus Heritage Week opens on Friday, September 13, with a free event devoted to family and local history.

It will feature talks and workshops from several of the UK’s most highly-regarded genealogy specialists.

The Tayroots Family History Day will be held at the Brechin Mechanics’ Institute and the programme of speakers and workshops is expected to attract family and local historians from across Scotland.

One of the many highlights will be a talk by historian and broadcaster Dr Nick Barratt who, through his involvement with the BBC’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are’, played a major part in the recent surge of interest in all things genealogical. He will be hosting a workshop on researching and writing a family’s history.

BBC broadcaster, author and genealogist Dr Bruce Durie, has uncovered many stories about his ancestors and will be sharing a few tales of the Duries and, in particular, their links with Angus during his talk.

The carvings on many gravestones can provide a wealth of information about the people buried there. During the Tayroots Family History Day, Fiona Scharlau, manager of the Angus Archives, will explain the meanings of the gravestone carvings, including the various trades inscriptions.

Places for talks and workshops are free but limited. To book, visit www.angusheritage.com/tayrootsday or call 01307 473262.

The Angus Heritage Week event programme is available at leisure centres, ACCESS offices, libraries, museums and tourist attractions across Angus, Dundee, Perthshire, Aberdeenshire and Fife (or download from www.angusheritage.com). For more information, visit www.angusheritage.com, ‘like’ the Angus Heritage Facebook page or follow on Twitter.