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Why not tour Tantallon Castle today?

Historic Scotland, with Google Street View, have now captured virtual tours of a number of historic Scottish castles and other monuments – and a couple are in East Lothian. Both Dirleton and Tantallon Castles are amongst the sites you can visit.

Why not take a tour today? You’ll find you can move around even in the embedded image below – just drag the image with your mouse to get started.


The full list of sites in the collection are:

  • Dunfermline Abbey and Palace

  • Dumbarton Castle

  • Tantallon Castle

  • Linlithgow Palace

  • Lochleven Castle

  • Arbroath Abbey

  • Stirling Castle

  • Fort George

  • Urquhart Castle

  • Arthur’s Seat

  • Blackness Castle

  • Dirleton Castle

  • Craigmillar Castle

  • Glasgow Cathedral

  • Dunstaffnage Castle and Chapel

Scranalogue – the Scran Blog

Montage-1102x350-copy2Scranalogue is the new home for rolling news, features, updates on Scran collections, learning and teaching materials and insights into our outreach activities.

September | this month find out about

  • The Ian Landles Archive, an oral history collection from Scottish Borders Council Archive Service, featuring fantastic material about the First World War, the old Borders railway and the suffragettes. #clickhear #IanLandlesArchive
  • Scran’s work with Skills for the Futuretrainees on The Scotsman Collections, a rich seam of social history on Scran.
  • New Pathfinders about Scotland’s historic propertiesin English and Gaelic, developed in partnership with Historic Scotland.

Visit our blog to find out more.

We hope that you enjoy your visit to Scranalogue. We welcome your feedback – you can comment on individual blog posts or contact us directly by clicking on the Scranalogue contact link. Look out for regular Scranalogue updates via Twitter | follow us

Best wishes from the Scran Team

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News Update from National Museums Scotland

downloadChristmas is nearly upon us so I thought it was time for another update from National Museums Scotland!

1. Discounted books for Teachers

We have a special discount for teachers on our children’s books from the Scotties range, perfect for topics like Romans, Mary Queen of Scots, Jacobites and many more. Find the full list of titles attached. When buying online, you will receive these books for £2.99 (for those usually £5.99) or £3.99 (for those usually £6.99).  Some are discounted at the moment anyway, but the code will give you discounts beyond Christmas and on some of those that aren’t currently discounted.

The code is available to ELC teachers from and you can find them here:

Download Scotties Book List (PDF, 5 pages,  0.15MB)


  1. Victorian Photography Exhibition announced

Our next big exhibition is Photography: A Victorian Sensation. We’ll be offering free school visits to this exhibition which runs from 19 June- 22 November 2015. Keep us in mind if you’ll be covering Victorians in the summer term, or in the new school year. More information will be available shortly, and bookings will open after the Easter holidays.

  1. Glow Meets

Our next round of Glow Meets start in January, with the Romans on 14th, followed by Dinosaurs on 21st and Mary Queen of Scots on 3rd February. Our Glow sessions are easy to sign up to and take part in and run from 1.30-2.15pm each time. Find out about our next Glow Meets here, plus other online resources:

You can sign up to get a weekly bulletin about what’s on Glow TV here


  1. Ancient Egypt

We’re looking for teachers to help us develop our new Ancient Egypt galleries in early 2015. In return for spending a day discussing the new developments with us on a Saturday in January/February, we’d provide you with lunch, refreshments, plus CPD & resources for your class. If you’d be interested, I’d love to hear from you.


  1. Visiting Us

If you’re thinking about visiting us in the spring/summer terms, do get your booking in soon. We’re now fully booked for January, but have plenty of availability for late February onwards. Find out full list of workshops, by age range, here:


If you have any other questions, get in touch.


Have a lovely festive holiday!





Sarah Cowie

Learning Officer (Schools)

Telephone: 0131 247 4046


National Museums Scotland

Chambers Street

Edinburgh EH1 1JF


You can now book for our school programmes in 2014-15. Download your programme now!


Featuring 100+ playable games, take on gaming’s greatest icons at the National Museum of Scotland.
Game Masters, 5 December 2014-20 April 2015,

Wiki*edia Projects in Schools, for Teachers – and a Hallowe’en TeachMeet!

EduWikiScreencap This Friday at 2pm, teachers in the Edinburgh area are invited to join an exciting open session at the fully-booked EduWiki Conference 2014.

TMeduwikiAnd if you can’t make that, there’s also an Edu Wiki Hallowe’en Edition TeachMeet at 7pm in Edinburgh. More on that, incuding sign-up link, here

Photo of Daria Cybulska, WMUK Programme Manager
Daria Cybulska, WMUK Programme Manager

The 2pm session,  Workshop C: Wiki*edia Projects in Schools (for students under 18) is led by Daria Cybulska, Wiki Media UK Programme Manager.

If you’re interested, you’re encouraged to contact Ally Crockford at



Ally Crockford: Cropped still taken from File:National_Library_of_Scotland_-_The_GLAM-Wiki_Revolution.webm by Joe Sutherland and User:Rock drum (CC-BY 3.0) for use in publicising the EduWiki Conference

Ally Crockford, Wikimedian in Residence at the National Library of Scotland explains the connection in a guest post on the Engage for Education site.

There’sWikivoyageWikidataWikiversityWikinewsWikiquote, and Wiktionary, too. They’re all hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organisation that develops and maintains the open content on these sites provided free of charge.

With all of these projects seeking to provide various educational components freely and openly, it’s exciting to see the different ways that educators from all levels have begun to interact with them. EduWiki is a conference designed in part to showcase the newest and most innovative educational collaborations with Wikimedia in the UK.

You can find out more about Ally and some of the learning opportunities Wikimedia presents by listening to her Radio Edutalk interview with John Johnston (@johnjohnston) here:



Find out about Glow’s new login screen

new-glow-login-pageGlow now has a different login screen, shown left, and the login process has changed. What’s going on – and does it matter?

Login screen

The Glow login screen has been redesigned, with three large tiles which you can use without logging in:

  • The Glow Connect tile links to a public blog which serves as a one-stop-shop for information about Glow changes.
  • The Glow Services tile links to a page on the Glow Connect blog with a summary of some key services:  Office 365, RM Unify, WordPress blogs and Broadcasting.
  • The Glow Events tile links to a page on the Glow Connect blog which is the new home of Glow TV.
Logging in

Following the shutdown of the old system, Glow now uses RM Unify to manage the login process.

The sign-in box looks different, but uses the same username and password. You can ignore the “@Glow” bit, and just enter your existing username and password.

Glow’s New Password Recovery Screen

When you log in to the new system for the first time, you’ll be asked to provide an alternative email address for password recovery. That’s simply to enable Glow to send out a new password by email. Either a school email address, or an eduBuzz Google Apps email address, would be fine for that, but there’s nothing to stop you choosing to use a home email address if you want.




Into Film: bringing opportunities for watching, making and understanding film to all 5-19 year olds

into-filmInto Film is a new Lottery-funded education charity founded by previous film education charities, FILMCLUB and First Light. Into Film aims to bring opportunities for watching, making and understanding film to all 5-19 year olds.

Through Into Film teachers can access free DVD rental, learning resources linked to Curriculum for Excellence, CPD and training, support for setting up a film club or filmmaking activities, and exciting opportunities for pupils including in-school visits, free cinema screenings and a talent development programme.

Learning through film is an exciting and innovative way to engage with pupils and is very relevant to Curriculum for Excellence.

Several schools across East Lothian are already involved in Into Film and it would be great to get more schools benefiting from this free education programme.

Into Film is free to join and you can find out more information about the bespoke programme in Scotland at For more information or to register email or call 0207 288 4520.