Angus’ history in the spotlight in new podcast series

15 Apr 2020 |

A new podcast series called ‘The Road to Angus’ is set to look back through the mists of time to showcase the fascinating history of the county, its present and future.

Created by the ANGUSalive Museums, Galleries, Archives and Libraries teams, topics that will be covered include a closer look at Pictish stones; how to do genealogy at home; uncovering the archaeology of museums as well as a lifting the lid on letters from the attic.

In the inaugural episode, ‘The Picts in 2020’, ANGUSalive Curatorial Assistant James Wylie and Cultural Team Lead Adeline Kinsella discuss how modern technology is helping preserve, study and globalise the wonderful carved Pictish stones of Angus. They delve deep into the mysterious and often misunderstood natives of Eastern Scotland, and look at how the internet is allowing us to create museums without borders and bring their collections to people’s homes.

Adeline tells us more about the podcast series. She said: “With our venues being currently closed, our podcast series is a fantastic way to bring our collections to your home, with a different topic launched every week.

“ANGUSalive may have been set up in 2015, but the history and culture of Angus stretches further back into the mists of time and is still going strong today.

“We have over 25 Pictish stones or fragments of them in our collection, and these stones are really quite fragile as they are made of sandstone and will degrade over time. So it’s great to hear from James about their fascinating history, what they tell us about the Picts and also the work we are doing to digitise some in our collection for future generations to enjoy.”

The ‘Picts in 2020’ features some of the Pictish stones located around Angus such as the stone at Dunnichen Cathedral and the Camus Cross at Monikie, but also key pieces from ANGUSalive’s own collections including the Kirriemuir 2 stone with its detailed carvings on both sides and oghan (early medieval alphabet) which is yet to be translated.

Adeline continues: “The podcast highlights why Pictish stones are so important in telling us about this ancient civilisation, a civilisation that wasn’t as primitive as people may have initially thought.

“We hope people will tune into the podcast series to hear more about the marvellous history and fascinating facts we have around Angus as well as send us their ideas on topics they’d like covered in future episodes.”

The podcast series is part of ANGUSalive’s digital and social media offering while its venues are closed.

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You can also download the podcast from a number of podcast online outlets including Anchor, Spotify and Google podcasts among many others.