The Skills for the Future Team

Drummond Collection Integration Project

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The trainees have just finished their integration projects. The integration project is an opportunity for collections and education trainees to work together to deliver a project using a collection from RCAHMS. Collections trainees John and Holly and Education trainee Annie were assigned an album of drawings by James Drummond. James Drummond was a 19th century artist and antiquarian who drew a large number of archaeological and architectural sites throughout Scotland. In 1861 Drummond published Scottish Market Crosses. Many of the drawings from this publication can be found in the Drummond…read more


Placements for Collections Trainees

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Over the next few weeks the Collections Trainees will be going on work placements at a variety of different institutions. The two week-long placements offer a great opportunity for us to gain experience in a different archive and meet new people in the heritage sector.   Gillian will spend two weeks at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Library, Archive and Special Books Collection with their Archivist Kirstie Meehan. Gillian is particularly excited to learn more about their considerable range of material concerning Dada and Surrealism, as well contemporary…read more


The past few weeks . . .

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¬†Collections update by Holly Watson Over the past few weeks the collections trainees have been busy cataloguing a variety of material and getting to grips with Oracle, our cataloguing database. We have been cataloguing everything from graveyard surveys to records on medieval sculpture, whilst getting to know the wide-ranging RCAHMS collection better. Recently I was given the task of cataloguing a box full of photographs and plans of Telford churches and manses. Telford churches and manses (also known as Parliamentary churches) were commissioned following an 1823 parliamentary act to build…read more


Visit to Turnberry Castle

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Last week Gillian and I had the opportunity to go to Turnberry Castle where RCAHMS are carrying out a survey as part of an ongoing improvement of the Canmore database relating to early stone castles.¬† Turnberry Castle lies on the Ayreshire coastline and was built in the 13th century. It was a stronghold of the Bruce family and the possible birth place of Robert the Bruce. Now a ruin, the castle lies within a golf course and a nineteenth century lighthouse inhabits the site where the castle once stood. During…read more