The Skills for the Future Team

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

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

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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Placements for Collections Trainees

Posted by in General Collections, Placement, Uncategorized

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

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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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Curatorial Traineeship Placements

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We collections trainees (Lynsey, Alison, Kayleigh, Louise, Bruce and I) are in the middle of our two week long placements.  Each of us are at different archives. I am at the Dundee University Archives in the office of Archive, Records Management and Museum Services.  The collections relate to the University and mostly to organisations in the Tayside area.  Material in the archives include extensive material from Dundee’s famous Jute and Linen Industry.  There is also the NHS Tayside archives containing fascinating records from many hospitals and various other institutions.  I…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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