Investigating Heritage on Your Doorstep

Ideas for exploring built heritage with your group

Glance through some great ideas for exploring local built heritage with your group. This resource focuses on the built environment– streets, houses, schools, war memorials. Some of these may be instantly recognised as part of our heritage. Others, such as street furniture and shop fronts, are easier to overlook. Exploring the built environment on your doorstep can promote learning across a range of curricular areas and can help learners develop a sense of pride and involvement in their community, past and present.

This resource is designed for primary school teachers, though some of the material and links may be suitable for teachers of lower secondary. It aims to: – showcase common features of the built environment – explore how the built environment can help deliver aspects of the curriculum (including maths) – inspire learners and educators to explore the built environment through history, language, music, and drama.

Posted by: Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland logo (c) Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland investigates, cares for and promotes Scotland’s historic environment. Our free education visits scheme is open to schools, colleges, universities and other qualifying groups (10 working days advance notice required). The teacher or group leader generally leads the free visit and we can arrange a free pre-visit ticket for them to scope out the site. There are plenty of inspiring places to choose from. Our 300+ historic sites and properties stretch from Shetland to Stranraer, and together bring to life more than 5,000 years of history. Please note: Scottish schools may be able to get help with the travel costs of visiting certain heritage sites of national importance: any Historic Environment Scotland sites, the New Lanark World Heritage Site, and certain National Trust for Scotland sites – Bannockburn, Culloden, the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and the David Livingstone Centre. The Scottish Government Heritage Education School Visits Travel Subsidy can cover up to 75% of transport costs (up to £250) to visit the chosen site.

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