We headed for Dumfries and started the day at Dumfries Museum where the staff Tom and Carolyn gave us a really warm welcome. They very kindly opened the Camera Obscura for us, the oldest one in the world. We were amazed to see the streets of Dumfries come alive on the disc in front of us, cars and buses driving down the street and dogs doing what dogs do in verges out near the big Tesco. We could even look into people’s gardens and see their washing hanging out.
We were able to take part in a treasure hunt around the galleries and had great fun finding all the clues and working out the solutions.
The little class were able to see many items they had recently been learning about in the Victorians topic. The Victorian dolls were a wee bit scary!
The museum had a dinosaur exhibition going on which was a great hit.
When our time was up we made our way on foot to the new Catherine Street play park. We had our picnic lunches there and managed to dodge the rain showers. The park is amazing and the brand new equipment was so much fun to use.
The big class were then in for another treat as they went off on a walking tour of the Dumfries Bridges: Lauren one of our parents and an engineer very kindly agreed to lead the trip, her knowledge was amazing and she made the walk very interesting.
Both classes then rendezvoused at the Whitesands where our driver Kim was waiting to whisk us safely back to Brydekirk.
A great big thank you to all involved in making this a memorable day for all the right reasons. The staff were rightly proud of how our students conducted themselves throughout the whole day.