History comes to life at Wilsontown.

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The runaway success of a recent ‘walking theatre’ tour of Wilsontown Ironworks has resulted in a second event being scheduled to help meet demand.

Organised by Forestry Commission Scotland and staged by the Walking Theatre Company, the event will take place at the Ironworks, near Forth, on Sunday 19 September from 2 -4pm.

Costumed characters will guide visitors around the ironworks and give an amazing insight into what it was like to live and work in the ironworks in the 18th and 19th century.

Emma Stewart of Forestry Commission Scotland said:

“Now is your chance to find out just what it was like for a child working down a coal mine, take part in a murder trial, catch up on the gossip with the pub landlady or what sort of conditions people endured in the industrial village, living cheek by jowl to the furnace.

 “The ironworks are full of interesting history and they made a huge contribution to the whole iron manufacturing industry.

“We’re bringing this whole amazing story to life with our costumed characters so it will be quite a unique event. It will be light-hearted and there’s a chance for people to get quite involved."

Anyone intereestedin taking part is advised to note that stout footwear is requires as some rough terrain to be covered on this walk.

The Wilsontown Ironworks were established in 1779 and was the first of its kind in Lanarkshire and in its heyday a village of 2,000 people evolved at the site.  Forestry Commission Scotland is working on a long-term project with the community to develop the site for visitors.

To book your place on this magical, historical walking tour call 01555 660190 or email emma.stewart@forestry.gsi.gov.uk - £4.00 for over 16s (under 16s go free).

For more background information about Wilsontown Ironworks, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/wilsontown

Notes to news editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 665, 000 hectare national forest estate. The Commission’s woodlands are making a difference to the well being of Scotland’s people and their communities. Local woodlands act as a catalyst for communities to meet up, get involved with projects and volunteering, or simply enjoy the many walking trails, bike rides and peace and quiet that forests and woodlands can offer. By developing more woodlands, especially near towns and cities, woodlands can also improve healthier lifestyles and bring a boost to urban development across Scotland. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland.

2.    Media enquiries to Emma Stewart, Scottish Lowlands Forest District on 01698 222205 or Paul Munro, Forestry Commission Scotland press office 0131 314 6507.

e-mail: paul.munro@forestry.gsi.gov.uk