Kirkton Settlement Filming Project

We are delighted to announce that Lochcarron Primary School, in partnership with Lochcarron Community Development Company, is busy making a film. Based in 1872, the film is a fictional re-enactment of a family being
cleared of their home and has resulted from a series of ‘heritage workshops’ that local animateur Lynda Beveridge has been delivering with the school throughout the year.~

This has involved the children making a number of visits to the ruinous settlement at Kirkton, examining and surveying the buildings there as well as researching and learning about the lifestyles and livelihoods of its inhabitants – informing their understanding of local heritage and concepts such as Shelter, Community and Sustainability.

The remains of the half-dozen or so buildings of Kirkton have been hidden from view for the last fifty years by the conifer plantation. Purchase of Kirkton Woods from the Forestry Commission by the Lochcarron community group in 2015 – and consequent tree harvesting operations – have once again brought the village to light.

With EU funding from LEADER, a new footpath network is being developed to improve access and the primary school will soon be involved in developing new signs and artwork to be deployed there, explaining the history and local significance of the site. Volunteer work parties from the community have also been busy tidying up the surrounding
area to make the context of the site more attractive to walkers and other visitors.

Here are a few photos from the film shoot to whet your appetite. We’re hoping to have a public preview of the final film in the New Year. So watch this space……………..

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