The Skills for the Future Team

Placement at David Livingstone Centre

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  As part of the RCAHMS Skills for the Future traineeship, we Education and Outreach trainees get the opportunity to work with partners in different locations for three months between April and June.  I have just completed my first month working as Outdoor Learning Intern with the National Trust for Scotland based at The David Livingstone Centre, Blantyre. I have been carrying out research into Livingstone’s life focussing on the themes of nature and exploration with the aim of identifying ways in which the outdoors can be used as a tool…read more

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Education trainees shadow Scran Team

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  Education trainees Annie and Cathy went to Dundee on Wednesday this week to shadow Scran Education Officer Andrew as he delivered a training session to local teachers and librarians. It was a great opportunity to share our newfound knowledge of the Scran database and to see how teachers use the search tools in order to create curriculum based material. We also visited the Maggie’s Centre at Ninewells Hospital which was designed by Frank Gehry, the same architect who designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. With permission, we took photographs…read more

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Work Begins….

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Collections – Gilly  Conabeer It’s been over a month since the ten of us started here at RCAHMS, six as collections trainees and four in Education and Outreach . It’s been an intensive few weeks, with so much to take in, but we’ve been made to feel really welcome and now feel a part of the RCAHMS family! Last week the Collections team (Gillian, Phil, John, Tom H, Holly and I) were lucky enough to be given a tour of the Scottish Parliament and a talk from the research department there…read more

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New Skills Trainees 2014-2015!

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  Quickly venturing to the end of our first incredible month at RCAHMS it seems like an appropriate time to introduce ourselves as the new, but also final, RCAHMS Skills for the Future trainees 2014-2015 and get this blog rolling! Similar to last year there are again ten trainees; split as six Curatorial trainees within Collections, and four Education trainees within Education and Outreach. Philip, Tom H, Holly, Gilly, John and Gillian make up the new Curatorial Skills team, whilst Cathy, Annie, Morven and Tom G are the new Education Skills trainees….read more

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A day out the office…

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       On Monday 8th July Kayleigh, Nikki, Lynsey, Louise and I went with Aisha to visit Falkland Palace and Gardens, where Aisha has been working for the last three months on placement with the National Trust for Scotland. We were very keen to visit and find out more about her project with the Junior Garden Guides, the Falkland Palace Open Evening and the book she has written for the Palace Gardens. Like some of the other places we have been fortunate to visit throughout the traineeship, Falkland Palace…read more

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Tandem Triumphans! Excursion to Culloden and Inverness

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When the chance to visit another one of National Trust for Scotland’s battle sites presented itself a few weeks ago, I was eager to jump on the train to Inverness for my first trip to the Highlands and my first trip to Culloden. My managers at Bannockburn were keen for me to visit a battle site which had similarly undergone a regeneration and which similarly loomed large in Scotland’s history as well as offering exciting education programmes. Culloden is a stunning spot. Located on a high moor east of Inverness,…read more

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Life at the LearningLAB

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  I write this whilst sat on a beanbag on the floor of Stirling Castle’s LearningLAB. The space still echoes from the shrieks, cheers and laughs from another exited group of school children. I am just at the end of my fifth week with Historic Scotland and am immersed in the world of heritage education. After initial observation and shadowing of the broad range of teaching and learning that goes on here, I’ve now started teaching groups in ‘Discovery Sessions’ aimed at showing pupils what castle life was like hundreds…read more

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Aisha’s Placement at Falkland Palace

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Over the next three months I shall be on placement at the National Trust for Scotland’s Falkland Palace in Fife. My main project shall be working with a P7 class from Falkland Primary School to make them junior garden guides for the Falkland Palace Open Evening. The aim of the project is to strengthen the links between the local community of Falkland and the NTS as an organisation and to get the class involved in the local history. I am really excited to be out and about working with the class to…read more

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Spaghetti towers in Stirling Castle: a workshop on heritage education

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Early last week three of us Education & Outreach trainees attended a workshop hosted by Historic Scotland and run by Ewan McIntosh and Tom Barrett of NoTosh, who had been invited to Stirling Castle to introduce us to a new approach to educational activities. As we trainees are quite new to heritage education, we were looking forward to the prospect of learning the latest ideas and techniques for making visits to places like Stirling Castle a valuable and profitable experience for all learners. We were not disappointed. The process of…read more

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