The Skills for the Future Team

Kids, Castles, and Crafts: 5 Weeks with Learning Services

Posted by in Education & Outreach, Events, Placement, Skills for the Future

Through the month of October we were lucky enough to be put on placement with Learning Services, which not only took us here, there, and everywhere around Scotland, but also allowed us to experience the amazing work the Historic Environment Scotland learning team does to promote heritage education within different contexts, age-groups, and foci. We took a whistle-stop tour through time whilst shadowing school workshops and activities at Edinburgh and Stirling castles covering a range of eras, objects, and emphasises as diverse as medieval catapult-building, Jacobean crown-making, and First World…read more

An Eigg-cellent Adventure

Posted by in Education & Outreach, Events, Placement, Skills for the Future

Three trainees, two archaeologists, and one project manager walk onto a remote Scottish island…no, its not the beginning of a very niche joke, its the Skills’ latest heritage adventure! After finishing our time with Collections in early August, and a two week break, we returned to begin the next phase of our traineeship, Community Engagement; which, little did we know at the time, would culminate in one of the greatest adventures of our working lives – a trip to the Isle of Eigg, to run a series of community-orientated archaeology…read more

Notman II: This Time, it’s Personal.

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

As readers can perhaps gather from the title of this post, a familiar name reared its head from the dark recesses of the Main Store last week: William Notman, a Victorian Edinburgh-based architect, whose collection we had previously spent several weeks sorting, cataloging and re-housing during our time in Collections (for our adventures, catch up here). The boxes we tackled this time around contained probably the most interesting section of any collection – the juicy personal stuff! Prior to this our experience of William Notman had been almost entirely professional, save…read more

Digital Archives

Posted by in Digital Archives, General Collections, Skills for the Future

                        We have just come to the end of our two week jaunt into the world of Digital Archives. It has been a real eye-opening experience getting to grips with the concept of digital preservation and learning about the importance of properly protecting our digital media and data now so that it is safeguarded for the future. We are all aware of the speed at which digital technology advances and also how fast many of the devices and software we use become…read more

Mary Syme Boyd

Posted by in General Collections, Uncategorized

Hello readers! As our time working with the Collections Department is drawing to a close, we’re trying to round up all the wonderful things we’ve been doing over the last three months (wow three months already!) and bring them to you. Hopefully you’re already up to speed with our time cataloguing the William Notman Collection which has taken up a large portion of our time.  The past two weeks we’ve also been working closely with our colleagues in Digital Archives (blog post to follow).  Today I want to take you back to…read more

A Very Big Collection

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

Oh dear, this blog has been a little quiet recently – but with good reason. For the last few weeks we have been completely immersed in the world of the 19th Century Edinburgh Architect, William Notman. The large collection of drawings, sketchbooks, textbooks, building specifications and letters was in dire need of sorting and we were given the task of making sense of it all. The name ‘Notman’ is well-known ’round these parts. Apparently many have tackled the collection in the past but for various reasons – probably just the…read more

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work…

Posted by in General Collections, Skills for the Future

We’re about halfway through our 2 month stint with Collections, and what have we seen? Things – beautiful things! From 18th century exercise books, to architectural plans, to personal correspondence (including a letter from Rabbie Burns himself!), we are getting our hands dirty (literally!) traversing the uncharted waters of the John Sinclair House archive –  re-discovering lost artworks, piecing together the life of William Notman, and, of course, learning valuable skills for the future! But it’s not all ancient history; we’ve also attended seminars and workshops discussing and demonstrating how…read more

Hello!

Posted by in Skills for the Future

A warm welcome from Lewis, Anna and Niamh, the shiny new Trainee Heritage Officers of the HLF funded Skills for the Future programme, originally within RCAHMS and now part of the newly formed Historic Environment Scotland.  Here’s a quick introduction about each of us – we’re so excited to share our year’s journey at Historic Environment Scotland with you all! Lewis is Edinburgh born and bred – although he did disappear for 4 years to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.  Lewis is happiest…read more

Naomi Harvey: Six Months of Digital Preservation at HES – A Retrospective

Posted by in General Collections, Uncategorized

Naomi Harvey is a trainee with the Scottish Council on Archive’s Skills for the Future programme, ‘Opening Up Scotland’s Archives’, which is a Heritage Lottery funded project. She’s been working in Collections at John Sinclair House for the past 6 months, specialising in the field of Digital Preservation. Read on for a look back at what she’s been up to: Getting Started My first weeks at RCAHMS (as it still was, just!) were a bit of a whirlwind of meeting people from different departments. I started to get a grasp…read more

Update from the Skills Team

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Hello from the Skills Trainees!  We have had a very busy couple of months since our last blog post and have been involved with a number of different projects during this time. During November, we assisted colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland and Archaeology Scotland with the social media promotion and general organisation of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference.  Like previous years the conference placed emphasis on community groups; allowing them to showcase their work and in turn helping to promote a variety of heritage sites throughout Scotland.  The conference took place…read more