Over on my other blog I’ve posted a few photos of a visit we made to Scotland last year. Scotland is, of course, full of Scottish history. One of the most interesting visits we made was to Stirling Castle, which stands on a rugged crag above the town of Stirling. As with all these castles, some sort of fort would have stood up there for millennia. Over the years, the walls and buildings were expanded and added to, and a garrison was in the castle until 1964.
Now, the castle is an important historical monument and work has been done to restore the buildings and some of the wonderful art in the upper rooms, where the gentry lived. But the other thing that has been done – and which I particularly liked – was dioramas in the working part of the castle, where the real business of making the castle work, went on.
These pictures show vibrant scenes from the kitchens and the bake house. The figures convey real life and character, with people dressed as they would have been in Medieval times. You can see the range of food prepared in the kitchens and the bakehouse. A fascinating glimpse at a world now gone.