Kilmartin Museum uses its collection and the local archaeological and natural heritage to inspire, educate and enrich lives and ensure the future preservation of this important landscape.
We also support senior schools by offering opportunities for workplace students. 'Bringing life to learning and learning to life' is at the core of all that we do. We design and resource activities that enable active, cooperative, interdisciplinary and outdoor learning to take place. We are surrounded by evidence of the cultural history of this area and benefit from an environment offering an abundance of natural heritage resources.
In order to communicate this message in a large, rural area and provide opportunities for young people to engage in their culture and heritage, we developed the Education and Outreach Service. Julia, Madeleine and Sally work all year round to organise visits for Pre School through to advanced Higher pupils in addition to events and talks that can engage the entire local community.
We work with the class teacher beforehand to tailor the visit and activities to suit your class's existing programme and to meet curriculum requirements. We cover a range of topics from the Mesolithic period through to the Clearances as well as exploring the local landscape and its habitats through visits to SNH National Nature Reserves and Forestry Commission sites.
We augment the pupil's studies with fun and engaging activities including artefact handling, costumes, traditional open fire cooking, simulated and real archaeological digs and traditional skills such as pottery. Outdoors, pupils can learn through activities such as pond dipping, nature trails and transect, invertebrate and vegetation surveys.
The first Loch Fyne Viking Festival in 2014, turned out to be a very popular event with schoolchildren and so, having received HLF funding for 2015, the festival organisers were keen to build upon this popularity and add local Viking history to the event.
To provide primary schools in the area with a Viking educational package, the museum education team and field archaeologist Roddy Regan put together a teachers resource and an activity booklet for primary aged pupils with information about the history of Vikings and the local area. The booklets can be downloaded here. Teacher Resource Pupil Activity Booklet
We can also offer longer term programmes that involve working with your school on a topic of your choosing over a period of weeks. This allows for the delivery of a special event by the students at the end of the programme. This could involve staging a play at a local heritage site, or creating a piece of art.
To find out more and arrange a visit, email or download our resources for schools brochure and also our natural history brochure. You can find first hand reports on our work so far on the Glow Scotland blog.