History - Mills and boon

9th April 2010 at 01:00

Historic Scotland has introduced two new workshops for school children at Perth's Stanley Mills and Elgin Cathedral, as part of its new education programme.

Stanley Mills, a unique complex of water-powered cotton mills situated on the River Tay, has introduced a cross-curricular activity that brings together history, technology and science. It aims to help pupils' understanding of Scotland's industrial past by exploring areas such as water power and renewable energy.

Pupils are taken on a tour of the site which follows the route of the power from the river into the building, via the wheel pits. This shows them how important water was to the development of Stanley Mills. They then work in teams to build 3D working waterwheel models, which they test using water pumps to explore the development of the wheels from paddle to bucket.

The pilot course at Elgin Cathedral, meanwhile, will teach pupils about the importance of conserving Scotland's built heritage and what can be done to protect it. Through access to the stonemason's studio and the cathedral they can see how traditional skills are being maintained and applied to some of the country's most recognisable buildings. They will also visit a stonemason's yard to find out first hand about the processes involved in stonemasonry - including crafting gargoyles.


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