Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

This is a link to the downloadable, cross-curricular teaching resources produced by the Holocaust Educational Trust: http://www.het.org.uk/index.php/education-general

Here is a link to the Scottish Ambassadors’ facebook page (you have to ‘like’ it to follow!): https://www.facebook.com/hetrascotland, A virtual learning community where we will be posting events to attend in Scotland, teaching activities and videos, information about the Trust’s 70 voices app with Holocaust Survivor testimonies, information about relevant films and TV programmes on this week as well as our #DontHateCreate facebook campaign:

‘#DontHateCreate is a campaign in Scotland inspired by the cultural legacy of the artists, poets and musicians imprisoned at the Terezin camp in the Holocaust. They showed how hope and human creativity can overcome adversity. Create something related to the Holocaust (eg. Art/song/poem/short-story/photography/graphic-strip/candle/etc.) OR share something already out there which you like. Post it with #DontHateCreate, copy+paste this description and tag 5 friends to raise awareness for Holocaust Memorial Day. Forfeit is to tag 10 friends. Get creative!’

Lastly, this is a 12m video I created back in 2009 with another Ambassador for the Trust, after visiting Auschwitz. It is already shown in some East Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire schools, you are welcome to show in your school if you like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pIgYBdKUvo

Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation – Saturday 31st January

256px-Egypt.Giza.Sphinx.02National Museums Scotland are currently developing a new gallery about Ancient Egypt and we’re looking to hear from teachers about what they’d like to see in it.

Teacher’s Ancient Egypt Consultation

  • Saturday 31st January
  • 10.15am-2.30pm
  • National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh

As part of this event, teachers will meet our Curator and hear about the artefacts and stories that will be featured in the new gallery. They’ll also have a personalised tour by the Curator and have the chance to handle museum objects. Teachers will be asked to bring along some examples of how they study the topic in class and to give their opinion on current plans for the gallery. Teachers will also take part in a number of discussions and ideas sessions throughout the day.

In return for attending, we’ll provide each teacher with resources to take back to class, refreshments and lunch. There are a limited numbers of spaces available on this event. To sign up or for more information, please contact Sarah Cowie, Learning Officer (Schools) on s.cowie@nms.ac.uk

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Family Activity Day

Family Activity Day 

Saturday 24th August


Free, some activities may incur a small fee 

 Bring the whole family along to this fun-filled day of activities. This year, become a Nature Detective with the Ranger Service, learn outdoor skills with Borders Search and Rescue Unit, undertake an Orienteering course, join the Libraries, or get hands on with Archaeology Scotland. Plus play outdoor games, meet the Fire Service, or book in advance for kayaking. Bookings for kayaking open 23rd August via 0131 653 2904

 There will also be drama games, storytellers roaming around the museum and, arts and crafts sessions!

Download the programme here:


Battle of Prestonpans Family Day, Saturday 1st June

Come along to our fun event this weekend at Prestongrange Museum

Saturday 1st June, 12 noon – 4pm

Battle of Prestonpans Family Day

Step back in time to 1745 to join the Jacobite camp as it prepares for the Battle of Prestonpans. Hear the stories, watch the soldiers practise with their weapons and find out how they lived with the Alan Breck Regiment. This year, guns will be fired and weapons drawn as government troops storm the camp! There will also be Jacobite arts and crafts for families. Expect loud noises and gunfire!

12pm -?Event begins
12.30pm – Meet the Soldiers talk outside the Visitor Centre
1pm – Jacobites attack Redcoat outpost
2pm – Meet the Soldiers talk outside the Visitor Centre
2.30pm – Redcoats attack Jacobite Camp

All welcome, drop in to take part. Suggested donation £2 per family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more info, go to our website

Or download the Battle Day Poster and share with others!

We hope to see you there!

Free family events across Museums from 18-20 May!

Over 18-20 May, East Lothian’s campaigners from history come back to life to share their stories with families! FREE events throughout East Lothian.

 Friday, 18 May: 6pm–8pm

Support the Suffragettes

John Gray Centre

Catherine Blair and Elsie Inglis

 In Haddington, famous local suffragettes Catherine Blair and Elsie Inglis will make a rare appearance. Hear why they believe women deserve the vote and equal rights to men, and then join them as they take action!


Saturday, 19 May: 1pm–4pm

Defend Dunbar Castle with Black Agnes

Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery

 Discover why Black Agnes needs your help to build some new defences for Dunbar Castle as she protects Scotland from English invasion. You won’t believe your ears as she shares a few secrets about how she protected the castle!


Saturday, 19 May: 1pm–4pm

Campaign for Conservation with John Muir

John Muir’s Birthplace

 Join John Muir in Dunbar as he campaigns to protect the environment. Hear his stories and make your own inspirational banner, using a John Muir quote or one of your own!


Sunday, 20 May: 1pm–4pmMining Banner

Back the Miners’ Strike

Prestongrange Museum

 Join miners at Prestongrange as they go on strike! You’ll be able to find out about their awful working conditions by experiencing some of the challenges they faced, and joining their protest.


Sunday, 20 May: 1pm–4pm

Rally for Royalty with Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots Maids

Musselburgh Museum

 Help the maids of Mary, Queen of Scots crack a secret code to assist with her escape. They might spill a few secrets about Mary’s extraordinary life whilst you’re there!


FREE science workshops on Medieval Construction for EL Schools – book quickly!

East Lothian schools have the opportunity to take part in FREE science workshops about how castles and churches were built! Run by Historic Scotland at both Dirleton Castle and Seton Collegiate Church, these sessions are suitable for P4-7 pupils, last 70 minutes and take place on the following dates:

Seton Collegiate Church, 22-24 May

Dirleton Castle, 29-31 May

To book contact Historic Scotland Learning Services; Tel: 0131 668 8736/8793 Email: hslearning@scotland.gsi.gov.uk Please tell them you found out about it via ‘East Lothian Council Museums Service’ when booking!

Download flyer here for full info! E Lothian flyer 2012

Dunbar Town House Christmas Event: Sunday 27th November 2011

Dunbar Town House

Come and see the newly refurbished Dunbar Town House in this one-off Christmas event!

Throughout the afternoon, you can take part in Christmas craft activities for the whole family, led by an artist, go on a guided tour or find out more about the Town House‘s fascinating history. The Dunbar Christmas Market and Christmas Lights switch on take place the same afternoon so why not bring the whole family?

  • Dunbar Town House Christmas Event
  • Sunday 27th November 2011
  • 3-5pm
  • Free!


‘Scotland’s Many Faces’ Saturday 22nd of October 2-4pm…

‘Scotland’s Many Faces’.

Saturday 22nd of October
Musselburgh Grammar School

This will include:

· a preview of the new Scottish National Portrait Gallery as Curator Sheila Asante, talks about the ‘Portrait of a Nation’ project.

· find out about ‘Jock Tamson’s Bairns’ with Axolotl Gallery. A stirring and evocative documentary exhibition in photography produced by ex Heat Magazine picture editor Clara Massie honouring the waves of immigrant groups who became the new Scots and who have made a significant contribution to Scotland’s story.

· a dynamic performance by the Zawadi Alba Choir singing a collection of African inspired songs.

No need to book in advance!

FAMILY ACTIVITY DAY Saturday 20th August 12.30pm 3.30pm…

Saturday 20th August
Prestongrange Museum, Prestonpans

Bring the whole family along to this free day of activities. Try out different activities – archery, kayaking, printing, orienteering, crafts and much more! Into dance? You could try bellydancing or have a go at some 1960s dancing? Or if you’re more arty you could try ceramic painting or printing. The Ranger Service will be on hand to answer all your animal questions!

Download our packed programme: http://www.prestongrange.org/site/media/PG%20events%202011/FamilyActivityDay2011_Programme.pdf

No bookings, just drop in. Come early to ensure you don’t miss out!!

Prestonpans Battle Family Day Sunday 3rd July 12…

Prestonpans Battle Family Day
Sunday 3rd July 12 noon – 4pm
Prestongrange Museum

Join the Alan Breck Regiment for a day of historical adventure as we bring the 1745 Jacobite battle to life. You can board the Battle Bus, meet Jacobite and Government soldiers and play some battle games of your own. Plus learn how an 18th-century cannon works! Bonnie Prince Charlie will be there, ready to sign autographs!! Or just to practice his battle techniques…

Suggested donation, £1 per person

Children must be accompanied by an adult