Famous alumni unveiled
"There were 10 to 15 of us who were part of the Oral History Committee,"
explains Kimberley Park, who has just completed her final year but returned to help out at the exhibition. "It was really good for us. We did a workshop on interview techniques and then began interviewing people. It really helped with my confidence and my ability to talk to people."
The project, which began last September, following a Heritage Lottery Fund award, will run for a further 18 months. During that time, Flora Johnston, an oral historian, will guide pupils on how to gather past pupils'
Some memories touch on the school's most famous ex-pupil, Muriel Spark, whose The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was based on a real teacher at the school, Miss Kay. But the exhibition also reveals other surprising past pupils, such as actor Alastair Sim.
It is hoped that students will continue to contribute memories as they leave, creating a comprehensive school oral history.
"There is a really strong sense of school at Gillespie's because it has such a long history dating back to 1803. This project has really brought that out for current pupils," says headteacher Alex Wallace. "It has been great for them to see the project develop."