Falkirk Heritage

Falkirk Heritage The official page for Callendar House and Kinneil Museum.

Run by Falkirk Community Trust this page has the most up-to-date news, events, competitions and offers for everything heritage related across the service. Callendar House, situated in Callendar Park, boasts not only its permanent displays, but also changing exhibitions in the Park Gallery and Second Floor Gallery, as well as the excellent Tearoom, working Georgian Kitchen, and Falkirk Archives, alongside a programme of seasonal events for all the family. It's also available to hire for events such as weddings, celebrations, and conferences. Kinneil Museum sits in Kinneil Estate, a short walk from Kinneil House, and hosts the permanent exhibition '2000 Years of History'. Follow us on Twitter @FalkirkCultural and Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/fctrust/

Welcome to our new page for all things Callendar House!
21/06/2019
Callendar House

Welcome to our new page for all things Callendar House!

Landmark & Historical Place

Did you know? 🤔Gladiators were all organized into different classes and types! 🙀By the time the Colosseum opened i...
21/06/2019

Did you know? 🤔

Gladiators were all organized into different classes and types! 🙀

By the time the Colosseum opened in 80 A.D., gladiator games had changed and evolved from freewheeling battles to the death into a well-organized blood sport.

Fighters were placed in classes based on their record, skill level and experience, and most specialized in a particular fighting style and set of weaponry.

Most popular were the “thraeces” and “murmillones,” who fought with sword and shield, but there were also the “equites,” who entered the arena on horseback; the “essedarii,” who battled from chariots; and the “dimachaerus,” who may have wielded two swords at once ⚔️

Busy Bee Dance Classes
20/06/2019

Busy Bee Dance Classes

🌟 Come along and join us! 🌟

⭐️Ballet Bees (18months/confident walkers - 3years)⭐️
Creative Ballet Class
Every Thursday Morning
11.00am-11.45am
Callendar House
£4 PAYG

🎼Ballet & Beats (3-5years)🎼
Creative Ballet & Tap Class
Every Thursday Morning
12.15-1.00pm
Callendar House
£5 PAYG (includes tea/coffee in lounge for adults while they wait)

❗️Busy Bees runs on a pay as you go/drop in system. No need to pre-book or commit to block terms! Just come along any Thursday you can. 😊

🛡 Gladiator School Family Workshops! 🛡 (Children 8+)Fun workshops for children and families. Join Gladys, our Glad...
19/06/2019

🛡 Gladiator School Family Workshops! 🛡 (Children 8+)

Fun workshops for children and families. Join Gladys, our Gladiator trainer, to find out if you've got what it takes to enter the arena and make mini Gladiator shields to take home and practice with.
The workshop includes concession rate entry to our special exhibition, the guided workshop and crafts! 😁

Tickets: £7pp or £24 family ticket
Call to book: 01324 506850

Why not try something different (and very delicious) for breakfast?  Our Granola pot is a lighter breakfast option, with...
17/06/2019

Why not try something different (and very delicious) for breakfast? Our Granola pot is a lighter breakfast option, with layers of natural yoghurt, spiced berry compote, granola and a drizzle of honey. Served 10 - 12 noon in Callendar House Tearoom 😋

Callendar House has played host to some famous historical names over the years, from Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Princ...
17/06/2019

Callendar House has played host to some famous historical names over the years, from Mary Queen of Scots to Bonnie Prince Charlie.

We’re sure that if they were to partake of our Afternoon Tea today, they’d confirm that it’s ‘fit for royalty’!!

DID YOU KNOW?The famous “thumbs down” gesture probably didn’t mean death 👎Paintings and films often show the cr...
14/06/2019

DID YOU KNOW?

The famous “thumbs down” gesture probably didn’t mean death 👎

Paintings and films often show the crowds giving a “thumbs down” gesture when they wanted a disgraced gladiator to be finished off, but this may not be accurate 🙀

Some historians think the sign for death may have actually been the thumbs up 👍

A closed fist with two fingers extended, a thumbs down, or even a waved handkerchief might have signaled mercy✌️👎🏳️

#GladiatorsFalkirk

Rediscover The Antonine Wall ⚒ - Callendar House Saturday 15th June 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE 🔥In association with Gladiat...
12/06/2019

Rediscover The Antonine Wall ⚒ - Callendar House Saturday 15th June 1pm - 2:30pm. FREE 🔥

In association with Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets at Callendar House the amazing Dr. Louise Campbell (University of Glasgow) will be talking us through how the Antonine wall was built, where the stones came from and the violent clashes between Romans and locals. 🤩

We will also be joined by Emma Mullen (The Antonine Wall) as she presents information on the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project in Falkirk and how you can get involved! 😆😆

Book your place: 01324 506850

In case you missed it last night, here's the link to the BBC's The Generation Frame which featured Callendar House Archi...
11/06/2019
The Generation Frame - Series 1: Episode 4

In case you missed it last night, here's the link to the BBC's The Generation Frame which featured Callendar House Archives, filmed last year. We carry out this type of work every day, with people from all over the world visiting to check the records and photographs to find out more about their family. Unearthing that personal connection and sense of identity to individuals is really what makes a successful trip to the archives so special. And the added bonus is that Archives is situated within the stunning Callendar House.

Two people investigate their family histories to create a treasure for the future.

Callendar House Afternoon Teas are the perfect excuse to catch up with family and friends! 😁🍰❤️
10/06/2019

Callendar House Afternoon Teas are the perfect excuse to catch up with family and friends! 😁🍰❤️

DID YOU KNOW? Did you know that Gladiators didn’t always fight to the death? Contrary to popular movies and tv shows w...
07/06/2019

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that Gladiators didn’t always fight to the death?

Contrary to popular movies and tv shows which often depict gladiatorial bouts as a bloody free-for-all, most fights operated under pretty strict rules.

Contests were typically single combat between two men of a similar size and experience. They even had referees who oversaw the action, and would probably stop the fight if one of the fighters were seriously wounded!

Gladiators were an expensive investment and cost a lot to house, feed and train. Promoters were loathed to see them needlessly killed.

Nevertheless, the life of a gladiator was usually brutal and short. Most only lived to their mid 20’s, and historians have estimated that somewhere between one in five or one in ten bouts left one of its participants dead! 🙀🙀

There's always a reason to treat yourself to one of Callendar House Tearoom's luxury Hot Chocolates ... with a generous ...
06/06/2019

There's always a reason to treat yourself to one of Callendar House Tearoom's luxury Hot Chocolates ... with a generous dollop of Scottish double cream and marshmallows ... mmmmmmmmmm!

Don't forget if you're heading to Callendar House to see the fantastic Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets Exhibition, th...
06/06/2019

Don't forget if you're heading to Callendar House to see the fantastic Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets Exhibition, the Tearoom offers tasty treats for kids including our fab meal deal at only £3pp, which includes a tasty sandwich, homemade cake, fruit & juice! 😋

Rediscover The Antonine Wall ⚒ - Callendar House Saturday 15th June 1pm. FREE 🔥Join Dr. Louise Campbell (University...
05/06/2019

Rediscover The Antonine Wall ⚒ - Callendar House Saturday 15th June 1pm. FREE 🔥

Join Dr. Louise Campbell (University of Glasgow) as she talks through how the wall was built, where the stones came from and the violent clashes between Romans and locals. 🤩

We will also be joined by Emma Mullen (The Antonine Wall) as she presents information on the Rediscovering the Antonine Wall project in Falkirk and how you can get involved! 😆😆

Book your place: 01324 506850

05/06/2019
Busy Bee Dance Classes

Busy Bee Dance Classes

✨ Back in our normal room tomorrow 😊✨

⭐️Ballet Bees (18months/confident walkers - 3years)⭐️
Creative Ballet Class
Every Thursday Morning
11.00am-11.45am
Callendar House
£4 PAYG

🎼Ballet & Beats (3-5years)🎼
Creative Ballet & Tap Class
Every Thursday Morning
12.15-1.00pm
Callendar House
£5 PAYG (includes tea/coffee in lounge for adults while they wait)

❗️Busy Bees runs on a pay as you go/drop in system. No need to pre-book or commit to block terms! Just come along any Thursday you can. 😊

Your June and July at The Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness! 📽🎞🎥🤩❤️
04/06/2019

Your June and July at The Hippodrome Cinema, Bo'ness! 📽🎞🎥🤩❤️

Afternoon Tea at Callendar House 😋❤️☕️🍰Come and experience one of our three Afternoon Tea variations:A Cla...
03/06/2019

Afternoon Tea at Callendar House 😋❤️☕️🍰

Come and experience one of our three Afternoon Tea variations:

A Classic Afternoon Tea including freshly made sandwhiches, home made scones and cakes and a tea/coffee or cold drink of your choice for £11.95! 🤩

Why not add a little fizz and celebrate with our Classic Afternoon Tea served with a glass of Prosecco only £14.95! 🥂

Or treat yourself to our Classic Afternoon Tea served with Orkney's Sea Glass Gin & Fentimans Tonic over ice with lemon only £16.45! 😍

Call and book yours today: 01324 506850

Did you know that when you visit Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets visitors also have the opportunity to explore all of ...
31/05/2019

Did you know that when you visit Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets visitors also have the opportunity to explore all of Callendar House?

Located in the nationally-important historic designed landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site.

The House's permanent displays are The Story of Callendar House, a history covering the 11th to the 19th centuries, The Antonine Wall, Rome's Northern Frontier, and Falkirk: Crucible of Revolution 1750-1850, tells how the local area was transformed during the first century of the industrial era.

AND...

Callendar House Tearoom opens 10am – 4pm serving home-cooked breakfasts, lunches and delicious freshly baked cakes. You can pre-book Afternoon Tea in our Drawing Room on 01324 506850. Gifts, toys, books, arts and crafts available in the Gift Shop.

Gladiators Fact ##2: Gladiatorial bouts were originally part of funeral ceremonies.Many ancient chroniclers described th...
29/05/2019

Gladiators Fact ##2:

Gladiatorial bouts were originally part of funeral ceremonies.

Many ancient chroniclers described the Roman games as an import from the Etruscans, but most historians now argue that gladiator fights got their start as a blood rite staged at the funerals of wealthy nobles. When distinguished aristocrats died, their families would hold graveside bouts between slaves or condemned prisoners as a kind of macabre eulogy for the virtues the person had demonstrated in life. According to the Roman writers Tertullian and Festus, since the Romans believed that human blood helped purify the deceased person’s soul, these contests may have also acted as a crude substitute for human sacrifice. The funeral games later increased in scope during the reign of Julius Caesar, who staged bouts between hundreds of gladiators in honour of his deceased father and daughter. The spectacles proved hugely popular, and by the end of the 1st century B.C., government officials began hosting state-funded games as a way of currying favour with the masses.

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27/05/2019
Gladiators: A Cemetery of Secrets touring exhibition background

Gladiators... I salute you.

Who were these men, why were they beheaded, were they Gladiators, Soldiers or Slaves?

Come to Callendar House and decide for yourself who these 6 men could have been.

To Book: http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/venues/park-gallery/default.aspx

Visitors to the exhibition also have the opportunity to explore all of Callendar House, set in the nationally-important historic designed landscape of Callendar Park, which also contains a section of the Antonine Wall World Heritage Site.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=finPEyblbcw

In 2004-5, York Archaeological Trust unearthed eighty burials, dating from the early 2nd century to the late 3rd century AD, in York. This site was part of a...

Summer 2019 Callendar House Tearoom Menu 🙌There's something for everyone on our brand new, homemade and locally sourc...
27/05/2019

Summer 2019 Callendar House Tearoom Menu 🙌

There's something for everyone on our brand new, homemade and locally sourced menu. 🤤🍰❤️

Why not treat yourself this week!

At the Callendar House Tea Room there's an ever changing array of homemade, freshly prepared cakes and delicious tasty t...
22/05/2019

At the Callendar House Tea Room there's an ever changing array of homemade, freshly prepared cakes and delicious tasty treats to look out for on our new menu with favourites such as; empire biscuits, custard creams,scones and clootie dumpling!
🤤😁🍰🧁

Reserve your table today: 01324 506850

22/05/2019

If you are planning a visit to Callendar House today, please note that there is some disruption due to the set up for the Vibration Festival, taking place in Callendar Park on Saturday. Please allow extra time for your visit and be advised that car parking is limited.

Callendar House was pipped to the post this year but.... THE HIPPODROME WON!! Best Cinema experience 😎📽🎬 We all...
21/05/2019

Callendar House was pipped to the post this year but.... THE HIPPODROME WON!! Best Cinema experience 😎📽🎬 We all know its true! Well done our amazing Hippodrome team!! #Hippfest #hippfestsilentfilmfestival #thehippodrome

Night out at the Hospitality Awards for the Callendar House and Hippodrome Team 🤞🤞🤞Wish us luck!
21/05/2019

Night out at the Hospitality Awards for the Callendar House and Hippodrome Team 🤞🤞🤞Wish us luck!

Read all about it!!  Cast an eye over the brilliant Teddy Jamieson's piece in the Glasgow Herald!
20/05/2019
What did the Romans ever do for us? And who were they anyway?

Read all about it!! Cast an eye over the brilliant Teddy Jamieson's piece in the Glasgow Herald!

MOST days I get the train to Glasgow. To do so I get in my 21st-century car to drive along 20th-century roads, cross an 18th-century canal and pass…

An Ancient Crime Scene – Excavating A Cemetery of Secrets 🤩🤩As part of the GLADIATORS Exhibition and Falkirk Sci...
18/05/2019

An Ancient Crime Scene – Excavating A Cemetery of Secrets 🤩🤩

As part of the GLADIATORS Exhibition and Falkirk Science Festival we have the amazing one time opportunity to solve the mysteries of the past 🕵️‍♀️🕵️‍♂️

Sunday 26th May at Callendar House 14:00

From Ancient Egypt to more recent times, learn how modern techniques can shed light on historic cases 💀💀

More information: http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/whats-on/events/event.aspx?eid=6778&did=36156

Gladiators - A Cemetary of Secrets started today and it was great to have a talk from David (JORVIK Viking Centre)! Fasc...
18/05/2019

Gladiators - A Cemetary of Secrets started today and it was great to have a talk from David (JORVIK Viking Centre)! Fascinating to have an insight into who these men might have been.

Gladiators, Soldiers, Criminals? You decide! The exhibition opens tomorrow at Callendar House!

Happy International Museums Day! 🙌🙌It couldn't have come at a better time with the launch of our brand new exhibit...
18/05/2019

Happy International Museums Day! 🙌🙌

It couldn't have come at a better time with the launch of our brand new exhibition - GLADIATORS! Opening Sunday 19th May at Callendar House 💥

Check out our Roman guarding the exhibition. He will be available for photo ops 🤩😂

#InternationalMuseumsDay

Yesterday our volunteers and staff got their first look at the new exhibition “GLADIATORS- A CEMETERY OF SECRETS” at...
17/05/2019

Yesterday our volunteers and staff got their first look at the new exhibition “GLADIATORS- A CEMETERY OF SECRETS” at Callander House! 🔥

Here you can see Sarah from The JORVIK Viking Centre providing some insight into the exhibit 😮

Exhibit opens Sunday 19th of May, get ready to discover the secrets of Ancient Rome and the history of the 6 men who could be the frightening arena warriors of Rome 🤯

Come along and decide for yourself! 😆😆

Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets, Opens this Sunday the 19th of May at Callendar House 😁!!! To celebrate we are goi...
14/05/2019

Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets, Opens this Sunday the 19th of May at Callendar House 😁!!!

To celebrate we are going to share some interesting facts about Gladiators within Roman Society.

THEY WEREN'T ALWAYS SLAVES

Not all gladiators were brought to the arena in chains. While most early combatants were conquered peoples and slaves who had committed crimes, grave inscriptions show that by the 1st century A.D. the demographics had started to change. Lured by the thrill of battle and the roar of the crowds, scores of free men began voluntarily signing contracts with gladiator schools in the hope of winning glory and prize money. These freelance warriors were often desperate men or ex-soldiers skilled in fighting, but some were upper-class patricians, knights and even senators eager to demonstrate their warrior pedigree.

Who were the 6 men in our exhibition? Slaves, criminals or volunteers? YOU DECIDE!

You can get tickets now from 01324 506850.

www.gladiators-exhibition.com

Share some quality time with those close to you in the stunning, historic 5 star surroundings of Callendar House. The af...
13/05/2019

Share some quality time with those close to you in the stunning, historic 5 star surroundings of Callendar House.

The afternoon tea experience at Callendar House is second to none. Ideal for a celebration, special occasion or an indulgent treat; it adds a touch of quiet majestic elegance.

Held in the historic Drawing Room, from where you can look down on the idyllic grounds of Callendar Park, afternoon tea at Callendar House is an affordable slice of heaven.

Book yours now:

01324 506850
or
Email: [email protected]

And installation of our new exhibition, Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets, has begun 😁!!!  Opening on 19 May, you ca...
10/05/2019

And installation of our new exhibition, Gladiators - A Cemetery of Secrets, has begun 😁!!! Opening on 19 May, you can get tickets now from 01324 506850. www.gladiators-exhibition.com

08/05/2019
Busy Bee Dance Classes

Busy Bee Dance Classes

🎉 Who’s joining us tomorrow for dancing fun! 🎉

⭐️Ballet Bees (18months/confident walkers - 3years)⭐️
Creative Ballet Class
Every Thursday Morning
11.00am-11.45am
Callendar House
£4 PAYG

🎼Ballet & Beats (3-5years)🎼
Creative Ballet & Tap Class
Every Thursday Morning
12.15-1.00pm
Callendar House
£5 PAYG (includes tea/coffee in lounge for adults while they wait)

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08/05/2019

Falkirk Heritage's cover photo

Callendar House is The Place To Be For Afternoon Tea ☕️Who doesn’t love an Afternoon Tea, especially the sumptuous...
06/05/2019

Callendar House is The Place To Be For Afternoon Tea ☕️

Who doesn’t love an Afternoon Tea, especially the sumptuous selection on offer at Callendar House?

🥪☕️🥂🍰🧁

Our teas are all freshly prepared with savoury sandwiches followed by warm scones served with Chantilly cream and preserve as well as an array of sweet treats and tea and coffee.
You can also add in a glass of Sea Glass gin or Prosecco if it’s a special occasion. 🥂

Book yours now:

01324 506850
or
Email: [email protected]

WELCOME TO GLADIATORS: A CEMETERY OF SECRETS  Step back in time and imagine life as a Roman Gladiator!  An Exhibition fr...
04/05/2019

WELCOME TO GLADIATORS: A CEMETERY OF SECRETS

Step back in time and imagine life as a Roman Gladiator!

An Exhibition from the Creators of JORVIK Viking Centre is coming to Scotland for the very first time and will be featured at Callendar House from the 19th of May until the 6th of October.

In 2004-5, eighty burials, dating from the early 2nd century to the late 3rd century AD, were unearthed in York.

The exhibition features the skeletal remains of six of these men, all of whom were decapitated and suffered injuries prior to death.

Recent research has added to the story and uncovered more about who these men were, where they came from, how they died and why.

Were these men Gladiators? bring your little gladiators and YOU DECIDE! Tickets on sale NOW!

More information: http://www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org/whats-on/events/event.aspx?eid=6777&did=36155

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Callendar House Callendar Park Falkirk FK1 1YR
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General information

Central Box Office and information: 01324 506850 (Mon - Sat, 9:30-16:45) Freepost RSSR-SGEA-KRKT The Steeple High Street Falkirk FK1 1NW

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

01324 503770

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