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Our Doors Open Days weekend is 14th and 15th September.

Please note that some of Stirling's activities are happening on dates outwith the advertised weekend, so be sure to peruse the venues and the brochure so as not to miss out!

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Allan’s Primary School Bastion, Stirling

14 September 2019

This beehive bastion projects from the Old Town Wall, behind Allan’s Primary School, dates from the 1500’s its three gun loops would have been used to fire at any approaching enemies. It later served as a gunpowder store, was converted into a Doocot sometime in the 1700’s and, more recently, was renovated in 2003. The Old Town Wall itself is constructed directly onto the rock which, in many places throughout the Old Town, is only just below the ground surface. Take this rare opportunity to come along and see inside and find out a bit more about this little building. A projecting work in a fortification designed to permit fire to the flanks along the face of the wall. Limited disabled access – low entrance door, please mind your head!

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Bannockburn House

14-15 September 2019

Come and take a tour of the historic Category A Listed Bannockburn House which, apart from a Victorian extension, has survived largely unchanged since the 17th century. After over 50 years of dormancy this beautiful house and grounds were bought by the local community in December 2017 - with help from public donations and grants from organisations including Stirling Council and the Scottish Land Fund. A dedicated group of volunteers is now breathing new life into the house and grounds with the aim of creating a community hub providing a range of activities and resources to benefit future generations. Come and discover all about the house’s long history, its connection to Bonnie Prince Charlie, the Jacobite movement and the worldwide tartan trade. There will be teas and coffees available plus some stalls with information about projects going on at Bannockburn House. There is even a little shop selling keepsakes for you to remember your visit. The Sculpture Placement Group also has two sculptures located in Bannockburn House for the Doors Open Days weekend for visitors to enjoy. Booking is essential. Tours are by arrangement only, to book your place please go to http://www.bannockburnhouse.scot/ bannockburn-house-events/ and follow the links. Tours will last approximately one hour and will start at 10.00, 12.00 & 2.00. Limited parking is available on the driveway of house for booked visitors only. Please car share where possible. To ensure you enjoy your visit to the full, please wear WARM clothing - it is an old house with no heating (yet!). Limited disabled access – the main hall and some rooms on the ground floor are accessible but there is limited access to the house and grounds due to staircases and changes in levels. For more detailed information please visit https://www.accessibilityguides. org/content/bannockburn-house

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Carbeth Huts

14-15 September 2019

The lure of the countryside and all that it offers satisfies a deep human urge to touch nature. ‘Hutting’ is a worldwide phenomenon, increasing yearly as cities become more congested and restrictive. In Scandinavian countries ‘huts’ exist in hundreds of thousands and in the vast spaces of Canada in millions. Carbeth as a hutting community has existed for 100 years and with 180 huts is the world’s largest single community owned hutting organisation. It has a rich history directly related to industrial Clydeside, the Blitzing of Clydebank and a diverse range of organisation and movements. Come and join the walk and talk round the estate and find out about 100+ years of hutting with tea and buns to follow in the Community Hut. Booking essential and places are limited. Places must be booked before 5pm on Wednesday 11th September. To book your place please email doorsopendays@stirling.gov. uk or call 01786 233 670 (Mon-Weds). Good walking boots are essential and rainwear is an advisable option. Very limited access only - due to rough and undulating ground

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Church of the Holy Rude

14-15 September 2019

The Category A Listed Church of the Holy Rude is the second oldest building in Stirling (after the castle) and has been a place of worship for over 600 years. King James VI was crowned within the church and it houses the largest romantic organ in Scotland. It is surrounded by the Top of the Town graveyards, from where musket shot-holes from 1651 are visible in the tower wall from when Stirling Castle was under siege. The singing group, The Gargoyles of Gargunnock, will provide at various times a selection of medieval and renaissance songs in the style of wandering minstrels. There will be displays from Stirling Council Archives and Stirling Civic Trust with representatives from both of these organisations on hand for most of the weekend to answer your questions. Cowane’s Hospital will also have a display explaining about the ongoing refurbishment works there. Disabled access.

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Iris Murdoch Building

14 September 2019

The Iris Murdoch Building is the home of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at the University of Stirling, it is an international centre of excellence whose purpose is to improve lives for people living with dementia, promote creating dementia friendly communities and improving policy and practice. Dame Iris Murdoch was an Irish novelist and philosopher, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 1997. The building was officially opened in March 2003 by Dame Judi Dench who, along with Kate Winslet, portrayed Iris Murdoch within the movie ‘Iris’. This was the first dementia friendly public building in the UK and still attracts visitors from around the world. It houses the Design and Technology Suite, which provides examples for those looking to visually understand how they can make space more supportive for someone living with dementia. Come along to visit the Iris Murdoch Building during Doors Open 2018 and: • take a handset tour of the Design & Technology Suite, tour duration approx. 30 mins. Please visit the reception desk on arrival for a tour handset (handsets only available in English). • view the artwork on display within the gallery • access the DSDC publications and information library • take a walk in the DSDC’s dementia friendly garden and take in the breath-taking views over Airthrey Loch towards the castle Disabled access – the building is fully accessible by wheelchair but entrance doors are not automatic opening - staff will be able to assist if required.

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Lecropt Kirk

15 September 2019

Lecropt Parish Church dates from the early 1800s and the large pinnacle tower of this Category A Listed Building is now just visible from the M9 above the trees which have grown up around it. The interior is described as being of great interest and it certainly has many wonderful details to look at. Members of the congregation will be available to welcome and show visitors round the Kirk, advise on its history, beautiful windows and pipe organ (unfortunately no longer in use ) and to ensure a fun and informative visit for all. There will also be old photos and documents for visitors to view and the volunteers will be happy to try and answer any questions about the Kirk. For those visitors up for a challenge - you can guess the use of the mystery object, which only two visitors have managed to get right in the past 5 years! Disabled access.

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Old Auchentroig

14 September 2019

This is a very rare opportunity for a limited number of visitors to book your place on a tour of this fantastic little house (tour duration will be approximately 30 mins). Old Auchentroig is more than another building associated with Rob Roy MacGregor and has been described as ‘a very early artisan interpretation of the symmetrical classicism which succeeded 17th century Renaissance styles. It is of exceptional significance in understanding the development of Scottish vernacular architecture’. Dated 1702 this Category A Listed Laird’s house was restored as part of the National Trust for Scotland’s Little Houses Improvement Scheme in 1999. It retains its datestone, with coat of arms above, and is unusually intact for a building of this age and retains a high proportion of its original fabric (including practically its entire roof structure). Booking essential and places are limited. Places must be booked before 5pm on Wednesday 12th September To book your place please email doorsopendays@stirling.gov.uk or call 01786 233 670 (Mon-Weds). Limited disabled access – due to stairs.

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St Mary's Episcopal School, Dunblane

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14 September 2019

New to Stirling’s Doors Open Days! St Mary’s Episcopal Primary School has been on its present site since 1850. When it was founded, there was no welfare state and Churches were left to fill the educational gaps as best they could and Henry Malcolm of St Mary’s Episcopal Church expressed a fervent wish that the church should fund a school for poor children in the parish. The ground was gifted by Kippendavie Estate. During the Second World War the school building was used by the army and the school was decanted. While not a Listed Building, the school is in the Dunblane Conservation Area and it is historically significant as the first self-governing primary school in Scotland. In April 2003 St. Mary’s returned to local authority control. Tours will be given round the school. Disabled access.

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Stirling City Heritage Trust Walking Tour - John Allan 'A Man of Original Ideas'

12 September 2019

This walking tour celebrates the work of local Victorian architect, John Allan. The walk will take us from the Stirling Smith through King’s Park to visit a number of John Allan’s most important buildings and discuss the work and life of this most extraordinary man who contributed so significantly to the townscape of Stirling. The walk will then return to Stirling city centre taking in some of the key historic buildings that stand alongside this architect’s innovative approach. Please wear suitable clothing and footwear for the walk. Booking required for tours. Please book your place on either/both tour with Stirling City Heritage Trust on 01786 498 462 or email lindsay@ scht.org.uk Disabled access.

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