Journey through Mintlaw Museum

THEATRE goers will have the chance to go on an epic journey from 21st Century Aberdeenshire to the 12th Century Holy Land - all in the comfort of Aberdeenshire Council’s museum headquarters in Mintlaw later this month.

Glasgow-based theatre company Ankur will be in residence from Thursday, March 21 to Sunday, March 24 and is inviting families to explore issues around cultural heritage through free performances and workshops.

Performances of the Knight and the Crescent Hare, which is aimed at children aged seven and above, will take place twice a day at 2pm and 7pm on March 21, 22 and 23.

Directed by Shabina Aslam, the work brings to life the Crusades and draws on the rich heritage created through the Islamic Renaissance and its parallels in today’s world, illuminating the age of invention and innovation against the backdrop of a tumultuous world.

Funded by Creative Scotland and the Heritage Lottery Fund, an accompanying participatory programme will be delivered in each receiving museum, including Mintlaw.

This will include recruiting local people to act as a community advisory group who, alongside the curators, will select a number of objects from the collection and research their connections to Arab Muslim inventions.

The groups will then present the objects and research through a series of public workshops.

Looking at the objects’ characteristics, original use, contemporary setting, history and journey the participants will create new stories uncovering the links between Scottish heritage and other cultures.

These stories will then be woven together to create a new audio visual journey between the different objects across all four museums.

The workshops will take place over two days, from 10am to 4pm each day.

The next advisory group meeting will take place in Mintlaw on Saturday, March 16 from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education, Learning and Leisure Committee, Councillor Isobel Davidson, said: “This sounds like a fantastic project which will really explore the links which exist between history and the present day.

“The museum headquarters in Mintlaw will provide a very atmospheric setting and allow people to gain an insight into some of the items which are stored there.”