Yesterday we hosted our second rare books workshop for schools. Primary 5/6 from Inverallochy Primary School came to research building and book design for their class topic.
The pupils got a chance to see some of the treasures from our collection, including a book of landscape design which gave them some good ideas about how to present design ideas.
We then discussed how the pupils take care of their books at home and at school before voting on how they thought we look after our rare books here in the Special Collections Centre.
A visit to one of our stores gave the pupils an opportunity to find out if they had voted correctly. We had a look at some of our special books, such as a tiny bible which would fit in your pocket and the pupils they lent a hand moving the racks of books.
Back in the Learning Room we had a look at some of the bookplates from our collection and the class were given a brief to design and produce their own bookplates.
The pupils’ designs had to meet the following criteria:
- Size: 8cm x 8cm
- Colour: Black and white only
- Must be decorative
- Must reflect the book collection or type of books read by the owner
The class produced lots of bookplates to take back to school with them and then headed along to Union Terrace Gardens for a picnic lunch. We hope the weather stayed dry for them!
If you would like to bring your class to do our “This book belongs to…” workshop, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted by: Sarah and Lynsey