History - Duff House needs you!

27th November 2009 at 00:00

Historic Scotland has launched a new pilot project for primary pupils looking at the role of the north east of Scotland during the Second World War.

Its aim is to bring pupils face to face with their local experience of war, through a partnership activity programme with Aberdeenshire Council.

The activity focuses on Duff House, an 18th-century mansion near Banff, which played a key role in the area's experiences of war. It was used to house Allied troops as well as German prisoners of war, and was hit in a bombing raid in 1940.

In the opening event, earlier this month, run by an activity leader dressed as a Second World War Highland division officer, pupils had to find physical evidence of damage from the bombing raids as well as investigate the treatment of POWs.

The activity has been inspired by information uncovered on the history of Duff House during the war, through a local history project on "What's the war got to do with us?". This is part of a larger nationwide initiative, "Their Past Your Future Scotland", managed by Museums Galleries Scotland and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

In Banffshire, members of the community have been sharing their recollections in a bid to bring young people and older residents together to capture oral histories of military conflict. This project will culminate in an online and physical exhibition at Duff House in the New Year.

www.RememberingScotlandAtWar.org.uk.

Historic Scotland's education unit: T 0131 668 8736; www.historic- scotland.gov.ukindexlearning.htm.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now