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
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
Here is a link to our long awaited Skills for the Future Newsletter which will keep you up to date with what we having been doing during the first six months of our placement. Skills for the Future Newsletter 2015 Many thanks to Alasdair and Jill for their help with the publication of the newsletter.
For #Askacurator day, the Skills for the Future Curatorial trainees decided to give you a step-by-step journey through the collections and focus on one of their favourite photographic collections at RCAHMS! Views of the ‘Maiden Stone’, near Inverurie, (E 72410, E 69751, E 72399), J Romilly Allen, c. 1890-1903. Step 1: Before an archivist or curator can do anything with collections materials, these materials must first be acquired by the institution for which they work. Each museum, archive or gallery will have an official collections or acquisitions policy in place and such a document should also be…read more
On Monday I attended the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) summer conference in New Lanark. Industrial history, and the political and social factors associated with it, has long been an interest of mine and one that I was keen to further here at RCAHMS, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to go to the conference and learn more about the efforts been made to raise the profile of our industrial past. New Lanark The ex-cotton mill town of New Lanark was the ideal location for such…read more
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
With many of the other Collections Trainees off on their two week placements to different archives, I got to take a slightly different day trip on Friday May 16th to Stirling University for an AHRC workshop entitled: ‘(Mis-) Representing Cultures and Objects: Critical Approaches to Museological Collections.’ I thought it would be good to write a little post summarising my experiences at the workshop, touch upon on how my personal research and experiences at RCAHMS proved useful in workshop discussions, and how discussion outcomes were applicable to the concerns and…read more
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
On the 18th of July we ran our Skills for the Future Showcase event at Stirling Castle. This event was designed to highlight the work we have undertaken since the start of our traineeship earlier this year. Attended by around 40 professionals from the heritage and education sector, it provided us with the unique opportunity to network and talk about our experiences over the last few months. The event also received great coverage in the form of being featured in the BBC Reporting Scotland news bulletin that evening. …read more
So, we’re coming to the end of our traineeships. We’re in the final stages of completing our integration projects and it’s hard to believe a year has already flown by! Before we all part our seperate ways here’s a few memories of our year on the Skills for the Future programme….