The Skills for the Future Team


Posted by in Skills for the Future

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

New Lanark and the European Route of Industrial Heritage

Posted by in Events

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

Posted by in Education & Outreach, Events

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



Posted by in General Collections

The collections trainees have spent the past couple of weeks cataloguing and housing material which had already been accessioned, so it has been interesting and informative to see the other side of the work of RCAHMS – bringing new material in to the organisation. RCAHMS accessions range from material by recurrent depositors, including archaeological organisations and architectural practices, to one off deposits and individual items. This week we had the opportunity to accession material from the former home of a distinguished Edinburgh architect. The collections trainees had the privilege of…read more

Spaghetti towers in Stirling Castle: a workshop on heritage education

Posted by in Education & Outreach, Placement

Early last week three of us Education & Outreach trainees attended a workshop hosted by Historic Scotland and run by Ewan McIntosh and Tom Barrett of NoTosh, who had been invited to Stirling Castle to introduce us to a new approach to educational activities. As we trainees are quite new to heritage education, we were looking forward to the prospect of learning the latest ideas and techniques for making visits to places like Stirling Castle a valuable and profitable experience for all learners. We were not disappointed. The process of…read more


A week with Bruce

Posted by in General Collections

This week for me has been primarily spent working on the Commission’s “County Run Drawings”. This is a series of site evaluations carried out by the Commission from its inception (1908, you did of course know this!) to the mid 1960’s. Kayleigh and I have spent the last few days upgrading the catalogue entries for these sites to ensure they are robust. The systems for cataloguing and recording have changed a lot in the last 50 years or so and the method of data recording was of course not intended…read more