SWACS have an exciting couple of weeks coming up. At the moment our Wemyss Caves 4D website features only Jonathan’s Cave, but experts from York Archaeological Trust are about to begin work on rolling out the Visualization Project to the rest of the caves. So, from Monday, 9 March, through
Archaeologist, Dom Dawson (SCAPE and St Andrew’s University) discusses the Wemyss Caves on BBC 4’s Digging For Britain. Tom’s interview is available to watch on BBC iplayer at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b052vcbd/digging-for-britain-series-3-3-north The segment is about 30 minutes in and will be available for the next 28 days.
Are you a fan of our Wemyss Caves 4D website? Do you wish you could explore all the other caves online instead of just Jonathan’s? Then you will be pleased to hear that – thanks to generous support from SCAPE (Scottish Coastal Archaeology and the Problem of Erosion) and Historic
Members of the Wemyss Caves Working Group met with representatives of the team from Northlight Heritage who have been commissioned to formulate the Conservation Management Plan (CMP) for the caves. Northlight will undertake a baseline audit of the caves and their carvings and make an assessment of their cultural significance.
SWACS made a start on capturing the Court Cave carvings as part of our Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) project. The weather was kind to us and volunteers came from St Andrews, Edinburgh and Glasgow to learn about this powerful photographic technique and to help out with both the data capture
SWACS are extremely alarmed by the extent to which recent weather conditions have eroded the coastline upon where the caves are situated.
A grant from Awards For All Scotland has enabled us to buy our own photographic equipment, the main aim being to capture all the carvings in the caves using the RTI (Reflectance Transformation Imaging) technique. We made an outing to Court Cave– in the company of our friends from SCAPE
David Torrance MSP raises the Wemyss Caves in the Scottish Parliament and Fiona Hyslop (Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs) replies.
An illustrated talk on local history was given by Sue Hamstead, SWACS Education Officer, to the senior citizens group at Buckhaven Community Centre. Fittingly, the main subject of the talk was Auld Buckhyne and many members of the audience had their own memories to contribute.