AN EXCITING Scottish local history education conference planned for February is in jeopardy because applications have not yet reached the optimum amount to make the event viable and the closing date is imminent.
The organisers of the Scottish Local History Forum thought they had got their "Local History in the Curriculum" seminar just right. The launch of the new 5-14 environmental studies document is on the horizon, they have worked in partnership with Scotland's largest education authority (Glasgow), they have chosen an attractive and easily accessible venue at the Burrell Collection and they have a variety of input - from a keynote address by the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum, through IT, drama and museum artefacts in local history to case studies presented by pupils themselves.
A bonus to the venture was the curriculum council's offer to allow the applications for the event to go out in October's Curriculum File 11 - reaching 4,000 schools - and the Scottish Libraries Association mailing gave access to another 2,000 or so participants.
Perhaps education staff at this busy time of year have not had time to delve into the SCCC's curriculum "wallet", and perhaps equally snowed-under librarians have not yet read their SLA mailing, but, whatever the reason, this potentially excellent conference is undersubscribed and in danger of being cancelled.
It would be of great interest to discover from your readers if local history is so low on the education agenda or if, like Christmas cards and millennial resolutions, the intention was there and the application form is sitting in the "pending" tray.
Jim Thomson Scottish Local History Forum