New Skills for the Future Trainees 2015 – 2016

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Hello from the new Skills for the Future Trainees 2015 -2016!  It’s hard to believe that we have been at RCAHMS for six weeks now; the time has just flown by!

Our traineeships differ from the previous Skills for the Future Traineeships in that this year there are only three of us: Fiona M, Fiona H and Chris and we will all be undertaking the same traineeship, that of a trainee Heritage Officer.  Previously there were ten trainees on the programme who followed two different strands: Curatorial trainees within Collections and Education trainees within Education and Outreach.  The newly developed programme for this year is a combination of the two different strands and we are very excited that we will be gaining valuable skills and experience in the two areas.


Chris, Fiona H and Angela at Holyrood Park

Over the past six week we have had a busy time at RCAHMS; during the first week we enjoyed several talks from colleagues about their roles and work within the organisation, went on several outings and learned more about each other’s interests by undertaking short starter projects.  Particular highlights include: an archaeological tour around Holyrood Park with Angela Gannon, a trip to Braidwood and Castlelaw hill forts with Dave Cowley, an introductory presentation about the RCAHMS’ collections by Lesley Ferguson and a presentation on stone circles by Adam Welfare


Visit to Braidwood

Dave exiting the souterrain at Castelaw.

Dave exiting the souterrain at Castelaw

We also enjoyed learning more about the Scotland’s Urban Past project which is based at RCAHMS and look forward to being involved with their launch event in Paisley on the 6th of June Click here for more info

For the past month or so we have been learning cataloguing skills using the RCAHMS database system, Oracle, updating both existing records and creating new records. We have been working on a very diverse collection of drawings during this time and came across a particularly interesting collection of design drawings for stained glass windows by Powell and Sons which will be the subject for a forthcoming blog entry.

We were very fortunate to accompany Veronica on a site visit, to help select and box material for collection. It gave us another insight to the role that the Commission plays.   We have also enjoyed cataloguing a wide range of sites and buildings from the non-guardianship collection of drawings and we are currently selecting drawings from this collection which we are hoping to digitise in the near future.

We have a very busy year ahead and are looking forward to being involved with various heritage events and undertaking placements both within and out with RCAHMS.  Updates to follow soon!