Showcase Event at Stirling Castle

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On the 18th of July we ran our Skills for the Future Showcase event at Stirling Castle.  This event was designed to highlight the work we have undertaken since the start of our traineeship earlier this year.  Attended by around 40 professionals from the heritage and education sector, it provided us with the unique opportunity to network and talk about our experiences over the last few months.  The event also received great coverage in the form of being featured in the BBC Reporting Scotland news bulletin that evening.


The Skills trainees at Newhailes House, East Lothian


The build-up to our event began in mid June, as we met several times to discuss how we would approach the event.  We decided that we would prepare one presentation as a complete group.  Following a timeline, the presentation would tell the story of the various processes involved in archiving material as well as developing a chosen site as a place of learning.


The completed timeline using Inchmahome Priory as a theme


Using the 13th century priory on Inchamahome as a theme, our presentation examined the areas in which both collections and education trainees have been working.  The timeline looked at Inchmahome archive material from the viewpoint of the collections team discussing areas such as accessioning, preservation, managing collections and digitisation.  The presentation then focussed on education as we discussed the historical significance of Inchmahome, barriers to participation and getting people to the island.  The presentation concluded with a look at the ways in which we can use Inchmahome as an educational resource.


Can Brother Alan guess the herb?


Following the presentation our guests were able to chat with us individually at our stalls where we had set up various images, books, laptops and photographs which illustrated our work programme so far.  The collections stall featured images from the National Collection of Aerial Photography including images from the D-Day landings and a 3D image of a townscape.  Also on display were images from the collections of James Salmon and John Sime which featured plans of Inchmahome Priory.


Collections trainees speaking with some of the guests


At the education stalls we had a number of images taken from our placements at Stirling Castle, the Georgian House in Edinburgh and Newhailes House in Musselburgh.  It was a great opportunity to reflect on our work and catch up with our placement providers who we had only left the previous week.


Some of the guests interact with the Education displays


We would like to thank all those who came along and supported our event.  The weather conditions weren’t the best so we appreciate that you all travelled to Stirling Castle, braving the rain.  We have one more week of work before we all disappear for two weeks on holiday.  When we return we will be preparing for our Dundee University module which kick-starts the second half of our work programme.  With only six months left, we look forward to learning more and working as hard as we can with the team at RCAHMS.