What’s Planned

Image, courtesy of the Laing Photographic Collection

Starting in late 2016, through 2017 and into 2018 you will be able to experience arts, cultural and heritage activities & events all around the Cateran Trail which will inspire you to think about & celebrate our ‘common wealth’.


Following a successful fundraising campaign, we’re delivering three very exciting projects all drawing on the Cateran Trail’s extraordinarily rich common wealth of heritage and all co-inciding with the 2017 Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology here in Scotland.

Each project offers local people and visitors new ways of interpreting and learning about the area’s rich local history, heritage and archaeology:

The Silver Ball of Rattray, Photo courtesy of Perth Museum

The Story of the Cateran Trail in 100 Objects launched in November 2016 with a campaign to crowdsource ideas for 100 objects that tell the story of the Trail’s history right up until the present day. Folk who live and work around the Trail and those who visit were asked to propose people, places and landscapes and objects associated with them, that they believe tell an important part of the story of this part of Scotland. The final 100 Objects were chosen in April 2017 by a Community Panel Chaired by Councillor Bob Ellis and form the basis of a new booklet, an Exhibition at Alyth Museum which opens in July 2017, new itineraries aimed at visitors the area and a set of teaching resources for local Primary Schools.

Barry Hill Iron Age Fort, photo courtesy Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust

New aerial photography of the Trail and new place name research is acting as inspiration for the second project called Common Ground. An artist residency led by one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary textile artists, Deirdre Nelson, is offering local people of all ages the opportunity to take part in workshops to design and make new Cateran textiles using the photos and place names. These workshops will culminate in the exhibition of the newly designed textiles and its sources of inspiration at venues around the Cateran Trail. Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, who are undertaking the aerial photography, will also be leading a series of walks about the area’s rich archaeological and cultural heritage in local venues and have contributed ideas for our talks programme.

Marian Bruce, Producer of The Story Box in Alyth Town Square’s Red Telephone Box, photo courtesy of The Courier

The Story Box will transform a decommissioned red telephone box into a community-led audio art installation in Alyth Town Square, which captures oral histories of the people of Alyth. In a similar way to Dr Who’s ‘Tardis’, the iconic red telephone box will allow the user to hear stories from four different eras, including the most recent catastrophic flooding events in Alyth in July 2015. Marian Bruce, who lives in Alyth, first came up with the idea in 2013. “By lifting the receiver in The Story Box you will be able to travel backwards in time or forward into the future and hear stories about the townsfolk from each period.” Stories, songs and sounds have been collected from people of all ages and backgrounds including children from Alyth Primary School and Alyth Youth Partnership and the archive has been designed and made with the help of digital and sound artists Rory Gianni and Shona Main and traditional singer songwriters Christine Kydd and Ewan McVicar.

You can find out the full schedule of activities in 2017 here.

If you would like to talk to us about our plans or if you have an idea you would like to propose, please get in touch.

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“Art can bring us back to consciousness, sometimes quietly, sometimes dramatically, but the responsibility to act on what we find is ours.” Jeanette Winterson