September is here, and there are plenty of excuses to get out and about this month to grab yourself some heritage experiences.

Scottish Archaeology Month

September is Scottish Archaeology Month (SAM) and there are a host of exciting events taking place all over the country.

From Orkney to Galloway and Shetland to the Scottish Borders, there are free talks, tours, exhibitions, workshops and hands-on events to help you discover some of the amazing archaeology on your doorstep.

Wiki Loves Monuments

Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo contest around cultural heritage monuments in September. Starting from the Netherlands in 2010 and organized on a European level in 2011, we go global in 2012!

Everybody can participate and improve Wikipedia in their local and regional neigbourhood. Cultural heritage is everywhere around you, you just need to look and learn!

In every participating country you can win awards, and the best photos in each country continues to the international jury – which will select the best monument photos in 2012.

There are even smartphone apps for Android and iOS which will help you track down and photograph the monuments in your area.

September Site Survey

..and then there’s our very own September Site Survey. Whether you participate in the events above, or just pop out for a day trip locally, please let us know where you went, and your thoughts on the place(s) you visit this month. We’ll collate the responses and report back next month.

Enjoy September!

Update:

For those who prefer the built heritage, how could we miss mentioning the Heritage Open Days project ?

Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

 Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors. It is a once-a-year chance to discover architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities that bring local history and culture to life.