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The closing date for nominations is approaching so if you want to nominate a young person who you think deserves to be recognised as a ‘Heritage Hero’ please click on the form below: (This year Historic Scotland is once again sponsoring the Heritage Hero award at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2012.  The […]

Terrible Trebuchets and Menacing Mangonels!

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Discover the science, technology and history behind medieval warfare.  What technology was used to attack St Andrews Castle and how did it work?  Tour the castle then experiment with working models of siege engines! Science workshops for schools as part of Fife Science Festival, 8 & 9 March 2012.  £2 per pupil.  To book contact […]

Medieval Construction Science Show

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The science show is back!  What holds up an arch?  Why do you need foundations?  This lively interactive show gives pupils the chance to investigate the science and technology behind the construction of medieval abbeys and castles.  Coming soon to a medieval building site near you! (St Andrews and Elgin Cathedrals, Dirleton, Cardoness and Caerlaverock […]

Heritage Hero award at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2012

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This year Historic Scotland is once again sponsoring the Heritage Hero award at the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards 2012. The category pays tribute to those young people, aged between 11-26, who have worked passionately to help protect, maintain and support Scotland’s historic environment.  The nomination window for entries runs from Sunday 15th January to […]

Planning a school visit to an historic site?

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How about visiting Argyll’s Lodging (next to Stirling Castle) for a 90 minute activity “A day in the life of a lady’s maid”?  Find out more about life above and below stairs using drama and object handling.   Or,  book a visit to Doune Castle and the Stirling Smith Museum to do “The Jacobite Trail” .  Both […]

Learn about Victorian millworkers

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Meet Janet, one of the Victorian millworkers at Stanley Mills near Perth.  During this activity pupils become child millworkers and discover what life was like working in a cotton mill through costume, drama and role play activities.  How will they cope as a “scavenger”, a “doffer” or a “piecer”? and how do these jobs compare with […]

Time Travelling Teacher Touches down at Stirling Castle

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Meet a time-travelling teacher as she touches down from 1943 to involve pupils in a workshop about life during World War II. Combines storytelling with an interactive drama workshop in which pupils re-enact the characters from the time-travelling teacher’s stories. Dates available in February – call 0131 668 8793 to book this 90 minute activity […]

Willow sculptures project

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As part of their extensive Community Outreach programme in 2011, Holyrood Park Ranger Service commissioned the creation of Willow Sculptures of native Scottish wildlife species, with a view to using them for future education activities.   Bridgend Growing Communities were approached to provide a single Sea Eagle as a preliminary example of what would grow into […]

New exhibition launched at Stirling Castle

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A new art exhibition opened on Friday 2nd December at Stirling Castle to celebrate the works of Iona Leishman, its first ever artist-in-residence. The exhibition, ‘Sense of Place’, features around 80 paintings by local artist Iona Leishman and will run until 31st December.  Her works range from lush naturalistic impressions of the castle to dreamy […]

Free Education for Citizenship teachers’ resource

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Pupils can visit the Prisons of War in Edinburgh Castle as part of a free teacher-led visit.  In 1781 this was home to over 1,000 prisoners from many different countries.  The exhibition in the castle vaults recreates the sights, sounds and smells of life in the prisons at that time.  Pupils can walk in their footsteps, […]