The Skills for the Future Team

Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work, Work…

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We’re about halfway through our 2 month stint with Collections, and what have we seen? Things – beautiful things! From 18th century exercise books, to architectural plans, to personal correspondence (including a letter from Rabbie Burns himself!), we are getting our hands dirty (literally!) traversing the uncharted waters of the John Sinclair House archive –  re-discovering lost artworks, piecing together the life of William Notman, and, of course, learning valuable skills for the future! But it’s not all ancient history; we’ve also attended seminars and workshops discussing and demonstrating how…read more


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A warm welcome from Lewis, Anna and Niamh, the shiny new Trainee Heritage Officers of the HLF funded Skills for the Future programme, originally within RCAHMS and now part of the newly formed Historic Environment Scotland.  Here’s a quick introduction about each of us – we’re so excited to share our year’s journey at Historic Environment Scotland with you all! Lewis is Edinburgh born and bred – although he did disappear for 4 years to study Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee.  Lewis is happiest…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

Our time with Collections

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During our time with  the Collections Department over the past two months we have gained an insight into the various different tasks they do. We have gained experience of cataloguing, accessions, rehousing, retrievals and records management. We started off by getting to grips with Oracle, the database system that collections use. We begun by cataloguing the Non-Guardianship Monuments Collection which consists of drawings from the former Ministry of Works relating to historical sites not in state care. This collection was quite interesting since the material related to any monument not…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


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