New cutting edge technology for Picts

Pictavia, the centre for Pictish heritage in Angus, has introduced new cutting edge technology for visitors to enjoy.

As the final part of a programme of work to update the facilities at Pictavia, new computers with interactive touch-screens have been installed.

Councillor Mairi Evans, Angus Council’s tourism spokesperson said: “Pictavia is a wonderful day out for anyone who is interested in finding out about the Picts.

“Visitors are always keen to see something new, and these interactive exhibits are an innovative way of finding out more about our ancient ancestors.

“Of course, as well as being a great educational resource, they are also a lot of fun.”

Visitors to the four star attraction have always been able to enjoy a computer game which teaches children and adults about Pictish symbols and their meaning, but now there is a brand new game which explores different aspects of Pictish life.

Players must choose items to add to a scenario, whether it be a battle scene, a stone mason at work, a metal worker’s workshop or a hunter on the look-out for wild animals.

Along the way, the player will learn more about the items chosen, or why they don’t belong in the scenario.

Interactive touch-screen technology is also used in the updated Pictish stone catalogue, which shows all the carved Pictish stones which have been found in Angus.

The map shows the location of all findings, details what each stone looks like, including a description of the symbols, and where it is now located.

This is an extremely useful resource for anyone wanting to know more about the Pictish history of Angus.

The project to update all the computers and develop the new software was part-financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Rural Tayside LEADER 2007-2013 Programme.

Pictavia has also organised a number of events as part of Angus Heritage Week which runs from September 7 to 14.

On Monday 10 September there is a Pictish Day Out, which is a special chance to visit some of the most important sites of Pictish history in Angus.

Covering Pictavia, Aberlemno, the Meffan Museum in Forfar, and St Vigeans, the day will be guided by Dr Sheila Hainey of the Pictish Arts Society.

Lunch, transport and entry into all attractions is included at a total cost of £12. To book call 01356 623050.

On Thursday, September 13, from 2 to 4pm there will be a Pictish Question and Answer Time.

Have you ever wondered where the Picts lived, what they ate, what their religious beliefs were or why they carved symbols into stones?

Whatever your question about the Picts, Norman Atkinson, president of the Pictish Arts Society, will be on hand to give you the answers or most popular theories about Pictish life.

Usual Pictavia entrance fees apply and booking is not required.

Until the end of October, a replica Pictish throne will be on display at Pictavia.

This throne is based on an image on a carved stone found in Perthshire, and was commissioned as part of a partnership between The Glenmorangie Company and National Museums Scotland to support the study and understanding of people of Early Historic Scotland. For further details visit