On Thursday 25th September, representatives from Falkirk Community Trust’s Heritage Learning team and Laurieston Primary School attended the Learning to Achieve Awards at Falkirk High School. The Learning to Achieve Awards were established to highlight and celebrate a wide range of projects and people in the local community who have contributed to improving learning, teaching and support to children and adults in the Falkirk area. The Laurieston Primary School First World War Project was nominated and won in the Environment, Heritage and International Education category.
Laura Macdonald and Louise Tierney from the Trust's Heritage Learning Team at Callendar House received a funding grant of £9,900 from The Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War: Then and Now program with the aim of researching and widening access to stories about the First World War’s impact on the Falkirk area. In the first phase of the project, Laura and Louise worked with Mrs Fraser and her P6 Class from Laurieston Primary School to turn History Detective and uncover the stories of eight former Laurieston pupils who had been involved in the First World War.
The children visited Callendar House to meet some real history detectives in the Museum and the Falkirk Archives, and to learn more about the role that pupils from their school had played during the war. They learned from archive materials such as the Laurieston Photograph Album which was compiled by James Mather, the schools headmaster during the War years. The children also did their own research online to find relevant photographic material that they could display in an exhibition. A storyteller, Allison Galbraith and an artist, Jan Bee Brown were brought in to work with the children in turning their research notes into stories, and their stories into an exhibition which will be going on tour around local community venues in 2015.
During the course of the project some of the children were involved in filming a documentary for STV and BBC Alba about the Scottish Women’s Hospital in Serbia, as one of their research subjects, Nurse Margaret Crowe, had been involved in their work.
Monday, 29th September 2014