Category Archives: History

Whose Town?

Whose Town? is an innovative resource for teaching social studies. A fun and interactive digital resource which brings Edinburgh’s history to life, it has been made available to all Glow users.  It can be found in the Whose Town? Glow Group and accessed from the Glow National Site notice board. The resource is built on the City of Edinburgh’s heritage collections and is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence second, third and fourth levels.

Whose Town? looks at Edinburgh’s and Scotland’s past from 1850s to the 1950s through the eyes of people who lived there. There are 14 real lives to discover – people who lived in Victorian times, at the beginning of the twentieth century, during the Second World War and in the Fifties. Archival material is collected in a digital box and hidden in an attic for pupils to uncover and examine. Each life is captured at a particular point in history, creating a snapshot of their life: a Life in a Box.

Whose Town? features two lives with direct connections to East Lothian. Florence grew up in an affluent Victorian household and enjoyed holidays at the West Pans seaside with her family. Luca Scappaticcio arrived in Scotland from Italy at the turn of the twentieth century and settled in Musselburgh where he established what is now S. Luca’s of Musselburgh.

There are over 450 unique and original documents in digital format for topic and skills based work. Maps, newspaper articles, photographs, objects, documents, video and audio clips and even the bits and bobs that everyone collects are all used to bring the histories of the fourteen real lives to life. Whose Town? also contains a wealth of support materials for teachers from lesson plans to ideas on how to use archival materials in the classroom.   

For more information or to request a free Whose Town? CD contact the Digital Information Team at Central Library in Edinburgh on 0131 242 8047. You’ll also find a wide range of supporting mat

National Records of Scotland Schools Programme 2011 – 2012

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) has launched its 2011-2012 programme of free workshops and Glow Meet sessions for primary and secondary schools.

New topics include ‘Tartan: a Chequered Tale’, ‘Witches on Trial’ and ‘Scottish Census Records’.  Senior secondary students may be interested in ‘Study Skills – using primary sources’, and new sessions that support Higher History topics: The Wars of Independence, 1286-1328, The Age of Reformation, 1542-1603, and Migration and Empire, 1830-1939.

Full details of the Schools Programme and the booking form are available on the NRS education website:


By way of establishing a Professional Learning Community for ELC History Teachers, a teacher conference, in conjunction with University of Edinburgh, has been organised at Musselburgh Grammar, for all interested parties.  Please see below for details.


When : Friday, 13th May 2011, 12.30-3pm 
Where : Musselburgh Grammar School, 86 Inveresk Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7BA. Tel : 0131 665 4278

Format :  After a buffet lunch, (and accompanying Swap Shop of best practice at Higher), 3 x  30 minute Workshops, on rotation, throughout the afternoon, led by University of Edinburgh Lecturers.

Workshop Subjects : Knowledge (Lecture), Historiography (Tutorial), Sources (Tutorial).

To cater for specific interests, and best place the relevant subject specialists from the University, they aim to cover The Scottish Wars of Independence, 1286-1328,   Impact of the Great War, 1914-1928 and The Treaty of Union, 1689-1740.    In any case, they plan  to cover generic Historiography and Source Handling for Scottish History

 Plans for the next conference will also be discussed.
When : a future CPD date, tbc
Where : Musselburgh Grammar School, 86 Inveresk Road, Musselburgh, East Lothian, EH21 7BA. Tel : 0131 665 4278
Format : After buffet lunch, showcase of best practice at Higher, action project proposals and plans for sustaining the Professional Learning Community.

Please RSVP to Jane Bonnar at Musselburgh Grammar School with the number of colleagues you intending bringing (and senior students?), any special dietary requirements and/or access arrangements (we will be on the third floor) and any resources/pedagogy you consider successful in teaching Higher.

Scottish History, Culture and Heritage – Project Support

All schools have recently received a letter inviting them to apply for Curriculum for Excellence funding to support projects with a focus on Scottish history, culture and heritage.

Margaret O’Connor has identified the following contacts who can provide advice on project bids and practical support in delivering your project.

Arts – Ruthanne Baxter

Museums – Sarah Cowie

Archaeology – Biddy Simpson

Natural Heritage – Maree Johnston

Local History – Sheila Millar

Historic Buildings and Townscapes – Paul Zochowski

Newhailes House – Mark McLean

Good luck with your bids!