The Skills for the Future Team

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

Mary Syme Boyd

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Hello readers! As our time working with the Collections Department is drawing to a close, we’re trying to round up all the wonderful things we’ve been doing over the last three months (wow three months already!) and bring them to you. Hopefully you’re already up to speed with our time cataloguing the William Notman Collection which has taken up a large portion of our time.  The past two weeks we’ve also been working closely with our colleagues in Digital Archives (blog post to follow).  Today I want to take you back to…read more

Naomi Harvey: Six Months of Digital Preservation at HES – A Retrospective

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Naomi Harvey is a trainee with the Scottish Council on Archive’s Skills for the Future programme, ‘Opening Up Scotland’s Archives’, which is a Heritage Lottery funded project. She’s been working in Collections at John Sinclair House for the past 6 months, specialising in the field of Digital Preservation. Read on for a look back at what she’s been up to: Getting Started My first weeks at RCAHMS (as it still was, just!) were a bit of a whirlwind of meeting people from different departments. I started to get a grasp…read more

Update from the Skills Team

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Hello from the Skills Trainees!  We have had a very busy couple of months since our last blog post and have been involved with a number of different projects during this time. During November, we assisted colleagues from Historic Environment Scotland and Archaeology Scotland with the social media promotion and general organisation of Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference.  Like previous years the conference placed emphasis on community groups; allowing them to showcase their work and in turn helping to promote a variety of heritage sites throughout Scotland.  The conference took place…read more

Learning Services Placement

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Over the past five weeks we have had an exciting time with Historic Scotland’s Learning Services Department. Our placement has taken us all over Scotland and to a wide range of HS sites. We have also been working on a number of exciting projects which will be used by the Regional Learning Officers to help deliver their educational activities. We started off by shadowing Nathan Bryceland, the Learning Development Officer for Edinburgh Castle, where we observed school visits and other educational activities. We were each given a project to work…read more

Scran placement.

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Hello, it’s been a while! We cannot believe how quickly our time here at RCAHMS is passing.  Last month we finished a four week placement with Scran the online service for culture, heritage and learning. Scran provides access to over 480,000 digital resources. With resources from archives, media, museums and galleries- including images, text, videos and audio clips-Scran provide a service that is widely used by Scottish schools, colleges and universities. Our time with Scran focused on The Scotsman Publications content; working with an image archive that holds a staggering 66,348 records….read more

New Skills for the Future Trainees 2015 – 2016

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Hello from the new Skills for the Future Trainees 2015 -2016!  It’s hard to believe that we have been at RCAHMS for six weeks now; the time has just flown by! Our traineeships differ from the previous Skills for the Future Traineeships in that this year there are only three of us: Fiona M, Fiona H and Chris and we will all be undertaking the same traineeship, that of a trainee Heritage Officer.  Previously there were ten trainees on the programme who followed two different strands: Curatorial trainees within Collections…read more