This is a case study for the Heritage Hero Awards programme.
Families investigated, explored and learnt about the archaeology and heritage of Moncreiffe Hill near Perth through a series of activities that covered the Investigate, Engage, Inspire & Reflect themes through hands on museum exhibitions, outdoor activities and having a go at digging.
‘I never realised that there was a hillfort up there!’ – Heritage Hero, aged 8
‘What a fantastic day! The activities kept the kids engaged for hours.’ – Mum of 2
Level(s) of award gained
Size of Group
Age range of group
All ages, babies to pensioners!
Date(s) of project
17 September 2016
There was a ‘trail’ to follow with activities on the way so each group had to plan what to do and when, this was explained to each group as they arrived then they decided what order they wanted to do things.
There were hands on activities with Perth Museum & Art Gallery about history and heritage of the people who lived in the area at the time. Rebecca, the Outreach Officer, also chatted to visitors about what life would’ve been like at the Hillfort.
Visitors were able to have a go at excavating in a specially created dig box with actual finds, the site team of archaeologists and volunteers talked over the finds so they learnt more about what was found and how it might have been part of life in prehistoric Perthshire. They also got involved with woodland activities having a go at building their own shelter using traditional methods and using a Hapa Zome technique to explore natural dye.
There were guided tours of the full dig and see what the volunteers and archaeologists were doing, learn more about what an archaeologist does and how to look after an ancient site and potentially get involved in the future. They also made original artworks using natural materials and dyes which they were able to take home or leave as part of a bigger display.
When we gave out the certificates we got everyone to tell us what they learnt and what they enjoyed/ didn’t enjoy which we collated.
This was the second time we’d used the stickers to help identify when children/young adults had been round the different activities so had engaged in each of the elements of the Heritage Hero award. This was again a great success, everyone loved collecting the different stickers and it made it easier for us to know who had done what. It’s a pity it’s limited to under 25s as we had so many people who would have loved to have got the certificate too!
Seeing how much everyone enjoyed the day and learnt about the hillfort and what it’s like to excavate a site. It was great having Kate from the Heritage Hero Awards out to see us in action and talk over future projects.
The benefit of using the Heritage Hero Awards
We’ve used the Heritage Hero Explorer awards three times now at our events (we used idea again after the success of the Heritage Hero day) and each time they’ve added a great element to encourage people to participate in all the activities and then reflect on what they done. The use of stickers gives an added element of fun and the professional certificates gives the participants a greater sense of achievement.
Case study compiled by
Lindsey Gibb & Lisa Snedden
With thanks to
Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland, Woodland Trust Scotland, Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust, Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, Outdoor & Woodland Learning Scotland, AOC Archaeology, Culture Perth & Kinross, Robertson Trust, Gannochy Trust, Historic Environment Scotland, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
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