Public to join Robert the Bruce and Edward II armies at Battle of Bannockburn Centre

By Culture24 Reporter | 18 February 2014

A virtual battlefield will open up for visitors when the Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre opens in Stirling on March 1

A photo of people taking a look at an animation of a horse on a battlefield
Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, horses around at the new Battle of Bannockburn Visitor Centre© Courtesy Historic Scotland
“Our aim is to tell this place’s story with academic accuracy and balance, in the most compelling way we can,” says Sir Kenneth Calman, the Chairman of the National Trust for Scotland, surveying a building embedded with traditional farm steadings, a large courtyard and a virtual battlefield, described by organisers as “inventive” and “dignified”.

“Our charity is proud to have been charged with the care of this important site since the 1930s.

“We have worked with world-leading experts from a range of disciplines to create this unique experience which is a true testament to their impressive talent.

“It will provide visitors with an unrivalled insight into medieval battle and the events of June 1314.”

Huge 270-degree screens flank the space, recreating battle and cavalry training in the kind of blockbuster filmmaking used in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Visitors will be able to lead a dvision of soldiers from Robert the Bruce and Edward II’s armies in a simulation partly created by the Glasgow School of Art’s Digital Design Studio, who filmed live horses under the guidance of experts from the Wallace Collection.

The Scottish Government paid half of the costs of the £10 million project in Stirling, which was boosted by a £4.1 million Heritage Lottery Fund award. A major Homecoming festival is planned for the anniversary of the battle, on June 23 and 24.


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A photo of people looking at a museum about a medieval battle
© Courtesy Historic Scotland
A photo of people looking at a museum about a medieval battle
© Courtesy Historic Scotland
A photo of people taking a look at an animation of a horse on a battlefield
© Courtesy Historic Scotland
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