The Skills for the Future Team

Interpreting Archaeology on the Isle of Eigg

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Introducing the Skills for the Future 2016/17 Trainees’ joint Heritage Project: The website is a learning resource designed to help people interpret some of the archaeology on the Isle of Eigg, part of the Small Isles in the Inner Hebrides, and it also highlights material from the Historic Environment Scotland archives. The idea for the website was inspired by our visit to the island last year and uses content produced by ourselves in 2016 as well as material generated by RCAHMS staff during their survey of the island in 2001 and 2002. This has been the…read more

It’s been a while…

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Wow how time flies! It’s been a while since our last update, and my my haven’t we been busy.  Since November, Anna, Lewis and Niamh have been working collaboratively on two separate Heritage Projects. These are designed to give us ownership over a project, to plan, manage and execute one single unified piece of work which combines elements of both Archival and Education and Outreach skills which we have built up over the preceding months. Firstly, you’ll remember that back in September we visited the Isle of Eigg for a…read more

Skills for the Future Newsletter 2017

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It’s here! Our Skills for the Future newsletter 2017 has been published. We’re really happy with how it came out and we’d like to thank Nicky Regan for making it look so good! And if you need even more Skills trainees in your life – here is a video of Anna and Lewis giving a presentation on our trip to the Isle of Eigg at the Community Heritage Conference in Aberdeen back in November 2016. We’d also like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year 2017! Anna, Lewis and Niamh

London Networking Trip

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5th – 8th December 2016 Last week – as a change from our usual capers around Scotland – we ventured way down south to a city you may or may not have heard of – London! It was an incredible opportunity to visit a variety of museums and archives as well as meet ex-Skills for the Future trainees to find out about their new roles. We were joined by our Project Manager Jill de Fresnes and our colleague Iain Fraser, Cataloguing Programme Manager. Day 1  We set off for King’s Cross…read more

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

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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

Update from The David Livingstone Centre

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It’s been a busy few weeks here at The David Livingstone Centre with several exciting projects and events taking place. The centre held a ‘Magical May hem’ event which featured several family friendly activities including a Green Man themed one that I ran. This involved encouraging the children to think about the importance of trees to both humans and animals and linking this to the close connection to nature that Pagans have had for centuries gone by. They were then tasked to create their own green man (or woman!) using…read more

A day out at the HVOS conference

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Last week, the four collections trainees who were not on placement attended the Heritage Volunteer Organisers Scotland (HVOS) symposium, ‘Managing Volunteers Successfully in the Heritage Sector’.  The symposium addressed a range of issues surrounding contemporary issues in volunteer management, and was attended by volunteer managers from various national and local museums and organisations as well as other trainees and interns. After a cup of tea and some pastries, a welcome talk was followed by a short presentation on volunteering projects in the heritage sector based around the Commonwealth Games, in…read more


Historic Scotland Placement: Dunfermline Abbey and Beyond

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I have now been on placement with Historic Scotland for over 5 weeks working under the supervision of the Central Region Learning and Development Officer (LDO), Fiona Davidson. Whilst I have had the opportunity to visit a wide range of Historic Scotland properties, the main site of my placement is Dunfermline Abbey and Palace. Born and bred in Dunfermline this has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know my local site better and to get further involved with local heritage, focusing on heritage education. My placement has thus far…read more