Making Lasting Impressions: Greyfriars Kirkyard

Discover Greyfriars Kirkyard using these fun resources created by Edinburgh World Heritage, Archaeology Scotland and young people from 6VT Youth Café designed to help visitors explore and reflect on their visit to Scotland’s most famous graveyard.

During the summer of 2021, a holiday club led by Edinburgh World Heritage and Archaeology Scotland worked with young people from 6VT Youth Café and through a series of games and activities helped them learn about some of the beliefs, ideas and history that created Scotland’s most famous graveyard.

As part of the National Lottery Heritage funded Making Lasting Impressions: Greyfriars Kirkyard Community Learning and Interpretation Project, the young people were also given the opportunity to develop graveyard games and a visitor survey which will be given to future project participants.

This invaluable feedback is being used to inform our understanding of the value of Greyfriars Kirkyard, which is owned by the City of Edinburgh Council, to people today, and will be part of efforts to manage the site in an inclusive, balanced and sustainable way.

The holiday club was part of the ongoing partnership between Edinburgh World Heritage and 6VT Youth Café, whose young people also designed the logo for the Making Lasting Impressions project and took part in its launch.

To coincide with Scottish Archaeology Month, Edinburgh World Heritage and Archaeology Scotland have made available activities to help more young people engage with the people, places, and events of Greyfriars Kirkyard.

Originally developed as part of the holiday club, the young people recommended that they be made available to the public.

The holiday club represents the first of many activities with young people that Edinburgh World Heritage will be delivering in partnership with Archaeology Scotland, who awarded Heritage Hero certificates to all the young people who took part in the holiday club.

Taken from Edinburgh World Heritage Blog Post

Downloadable resources:

Greyfriars Gravestone Selfie Hunt

Greyfriars Visitor Survey

Post Author: r.boyde