Learning Services Placement

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Over the past five weeks we have had an exciting time with Historic Scotland’s Learning Services Department. Our placement has taken us all over Scotland and to a wide range of HS sites. We have also been working on a number of exciting projects which will be used by the Regional Learning Officers to help deliver their educational activities.

We started off by shadowing Nathan Bryceland, the Learning Development Officer for Edinburgh Castle, where we observed school visits and other educational activities. We were each given a project to work on whilst at the castle; Chris photographed and checked the condition of the different educational resources, Fiona M created a castle life costume box and Fiona H created an information pack for medieval objects in a display case.



Another task during our placement was to create a children’s trail for Inchcolm Abbey. The activity was adapted from one which was already in use at Dunfermline Abbey. It involved creating a self led trail round the abbey using objects from the Medieval Abbey Life Handling Box. The aim of this trail was for school groups to interact with the objects and the monument and to learn about medieval abbey life.

We also spent a week at Fort George with Learning Development Officer for the North Region, Sylvie Clarke. While we were at Fort George we observed a World War One workshop called ‘Zeppelins Over Cromarty’. During this workshop, school groups learn about the role played by Fort George during the First World War and write about their experiences at the Fort. We also created a self led World War One trail to help school groups discover more about the Fort during this period. We had the chance to visit the National Trust for Scotland’s Culloden Visitor Centre as well as the Bronze Age Clava Cairns.


Fort George


Clava Cairns

The final part of our placement was based at Stirling Castle where we shadowed the Learning Development Officer, Kirsten Wood, whilst she delivered a variety of educational activities. We also helped out at the Big Draw which was a drop in art event based in the Great Hall at Stirling. We also had the chance to see a Scots language event where there were tours of the Castle in Scots and various stalls promoting the Scots language.


Stirling Castle


Over the five weeks we were with Learning Services we saw how varied their role is and how they respond to the different challenges they encounter. We were really fortunate to gain such a variety of experience from this placement which will no doubt help us in the future.