Dundee school pupils to become history detectives

School pupils from Dundee's Our Lady's RC Primary School are to enjoy a lesson on how to become a history detective tomorrow (Thursday 26 November) when they attend a National Library of Scotland workshop at Dundee Central Library.

Our Lady's RC Primary School is one of three schools taking part in the History Detective workshops organised during the Library?s three-day visit to the city. The workshops are designed to develop children's history skills and teach them the techniques to find out how curators and historians discover the secrets hidden within historical documents.

The children will be tasked with finding clues in contemporary items from football programmes and bus tickets to documents from the Library's archive, including material on the Tay Rail Bridge disaster, whaling expeditions and missionary Mary Slessor, to help provide a more detailed picture of their background.

Beverley Casebow, education outreach officer at the National Library of Scotland, is delighted to bring these fun and informative workshops to the city?s schools. She said: 'The History Detective workshops are extremely popular and something we have been running in schools and libraries across Scotland for some time.

'The workshops provide a fantastic mechanism to bring history to life. They enable pupils to take part in interactive sessions which develop their research skills while they explore articles from the past and present to provide their very own interpretation of the people and events behind them.

'I am confident these workshops will inspire pupils to find out more about history as well as provide them with investigative skills which will be useful in their future studies. There may even be future curators in the making!'

The National Library of Scotland runs a programme of free workshops and events for schools throughout the year. These sessions use the amazing collections of the Library to bring the past to life, to make sense of the present and explore the future.


National Library of Scotland
George IV Bridge

Tel: 0131 623 3700


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25 November 2009

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