The Skills for the Future Team

#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


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

New Lanark and the European Route of Industrial Heritage

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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


A day out at the HVOS conference

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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


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


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


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


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