NEWS & DEVELOPMENTS
MEDIEVAL CONSTRUCTION SCIENCE SHOW
Follow the journey of a piece of stone from quarry to Medieval castle or abbey arch in this interactive show. Aimed at P4 – S2, learners are challenged to overcome the forces of friction and gravity using tools only available during the medieval period. Delivered in the Northern region by our partners - Satrosphere Science Centre, Aberdeen – the show has recently visited Kisimul Castle on the Hebridean island of Barra and Urquhart Castle, sited just outside Inverness. Further shows have been planned to take place in Kirkwall in September 2013.
THE BIG DRAW
Building on the success from the 2011 and 2012 events, Learning Services are once again co-ordinating The Big Draw at a selection of sites throughout the estate. To tie in with Year of Natural Scotland, the theme for this year’s event is Landscapes
, where participants will be invited to draw inspiration from the natural settings of our monuments to create a piece of artwork. Professional artists will be commissioned to work with community groups during the ‘Big Draw month’ of October 2013 at Duff House, Loch Leven Castle, Doune Castle, Linlithgow Peel, Holyrood Park and Trinity House
. Independently-led drawing activities will also be available at a number of participating sites.
LEARNING LAB LAUNCHES AT STIRLING CASTLE
Learning Lab workshops provide learner-centred experiences, tailored around the journey through history that can be unique to each individual or group. Using the magnificent backdrop of Stirling Castle
, learners can undertake genuine site-specific research, helping to develop their critical thinking and study skills across many areas of the curriculum. Learners will have the opportunity to use mobile devices to capture information in a variety of formats and to create a digital record of their experience.For further details of Learning Lab, or to arrange a detailed planning visit, please contact the Stirling Castle Learning Development Officer direct on 01786 431309
Learning Services and Heritage Management colleagues have been working together to refresh the popular Haunted Heritage show, which aims to engage pupils with their local built heritage. The show, which has two parts, a drama presentation and a debate, will be complemented by an education pack which will be piloted with a local Primary 7 class this September in Kelso. The culmination of the project will be the half hour interactive ‘Haunted Heritage’ show by two professional actors, involving the pupils in audience participation and a follow-on workshop (approx 90 mins) involving drama and role-play.
CORONATION STORIES AT EDINBURGH CASTLE
As home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle
recently teamed up with the Tower of London (home of the British Crown Jewels) and Westminster Abbey (home of English and British coronation ceremonies) to mark the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth. Working with Historic Scotland’s education team, over 200 learners from local community groups have been taking part in the Coronation Stories project, engaging in a series of workshops and visits with a creative focus including photography, creative writing, fabric printing, graphic design, storytelling, animation, daytime excursions, night-time tours and reminiscence sessions.
GAELIC LEARNER JUNIOR TOUR GUIDES AT EDINBURGH CASTLE BUDDY UP WITH THE BLACKHOUSE GUIDES
After a highly successful year at Edinburgh Castle, performing for visiting schools from throughout the Central Belt; our Gaelic Guides visited the Island of Lewis from 6th to 9th May inclusive. After meeting The Blackhouse Guides
at Sgoil an Taobh Siar, both groups were interviewed by Radio nan Gàidheal, with positive feedback on the standard of Gaelic from Stenhouse Primary Guides.
Edinburgh Guides performed in costume at the school, and were then shown round the Historic Scotland site, The Blackhouse by the Junior Guides from Lewis. This successful morning was followed by a visit to Dalmore beach, and the Callanish Stones
. The pupils agreed the trip was an amazing experience, and have continued their links with Sgoil an Taobh Siar Guides.
We await with anticipation the DVD, “From Stenhouse to Stornoway
”, made possible through funding from Bord na Gàidhlig and Edinburgh Council.