The Skills for the Future Team

Drummond Collection Integration Project

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The trainees have just finished their integration projects. The integration project is an opportunity for collections and education trainees to work together to deliver a project using a collection from RCAHMS. Collections trainees John and Holly and Education trainee Annie were assigned an album of drawings by James Drummond. James Drummond was a 19th century artist and antiquarian who drew a large number of archaeological and architectural sites throughout Scotland. In 1861 Drummond published Scottish Market Crosses. Many of the drawings from this publication can be found in the Drummond…read more

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#AskaCurator: A Step-by-step Journey through the Collections Process

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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

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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 Critical and Inspiring Workshop on Museological Collections at The University of Stirling

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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

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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

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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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Robert Naismith & Stuart Farrell

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This week’s blog update is brought to you by John & Tom (H). First let’s hear from John on his work with the Robert Naismith archive… Last week Holly and I spent some time working on a collection which came from the home of the Scottish architect Robert Naismith. This was very much a ‘raw’ archive that included many different types of material; some worth keeping, some not. Naismith’s pocket diaries constituted the more interesting part of the collection. One such diary, from 1939, had Shakespeare quotes pasted into the…read more

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The past few weeks . . .

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 Collections update by Holly Watson Over the past few weeks the collections trainees have been busy cataloguing a variety of material and getting to grips with Oracle, our cataloguing database. We have been cataloguing everything from graveyard surveys to records on medieval sculpture, whilst getting to know the wide-ranging RCAHMS collection better. Recently I was given the task of cataloguing a box full of photographs and plans of Telford churches and manses. Telford churches and manses (also known as Parliamentary churches) were commissioned following an 1823 parliamentary act to build…read more

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