The Skills for the Future Team

Digital Archives

Posted by in Digital Archives, General Collections, Skills for the Future

                        We have just come to the end of our two week jaunt into the world of Digital Archives. It has been a real eye-opening experience getting to grips with the concept of digital preservation and learning about the importance of properly protecting our digital media and data now so that it is safeguarded for the future. We are all aware of the speed at which digital technology advances and also how fast many of the devices and software we use become…read more


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

Aisha’s Placement at Falkland Palace

Posted by in Education & Outreach, Placement

Over the next three months I shall be on placement at the National Trust for Scotland’s Falkland Palace in Fife. My main project shall be working with a P7 class from Falkland Primary School to make them junior garden guides for the Falkland Palace Open Evening. The aim of the project is to strengthen the links between the local community of Falkland and the NTS as an organisation and to get the class involved in the local history. I am really excited to be out and about working with the class to…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


Collections at work: Cullen Lochhead and Brown

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For the past two weeks the curatorial trainees have been carrying on the good work of last year’s trainees by sorting through the remainder of the Cullen, Lochhead and Brown accession.  Hundreds of cardboard tubes of architectural drawings produced by the firm over more than a century in practice were rescued by the collections team and brought into John Sinclair House in Edinburgh when the firm closed in 2011. (See A New Collection for RCAHMS for more on the rescue effort.) The drawings, a valuable record of a wide range of…read more


New Skills for the Future Trainees

Posted by in Education & Outreach, General Collections

We are the next round of Skills for the Future trainees to pass through RCAHMS doors. Over the next year the seven of us will complete a year-long work placement, mainly based within RCAHMS, but also working with Historic Scotland, the National Trust for Scotland and several local authorities. There were over 300 applicants for these coveted posts, which will concentrate on cataloguing, digitising and communicating the collections held by RCAHMS, and provide the trainees with valuable skills to enable us to gain employment in the heritage sector in the future….read more