Life Lately

Life lately for the Special Collections Learning Team has been a mixture of doing and planning. On Saturday we had our first Family Fun event based on our exhibition New Found Land: Scottish Emigration to CanadaIn the Land of the Moose Family Fun explored the Canadian animals named in “In the Land of the Moose, the Bear and the Beaver”; a novel on display in the exhibition. Children went animal spotting in the gallery, turned themselves in to moose with antler head bands and made paper bag and finger puppets of the various wild animals. Check out what they produced below as well as our moose selfie – or “Moofie”?

This week has also been very busy, planning for two exciting events over the summer. The first is our annual Summer School. This year we are exploring Ancient Egypt through the eyes of Victorian Egyptologists so we have been busy researching exciting Egyptian facts and meeting with our colleagues in King’s Museum so that our summer school participants can handle real Ancient Egyptian objects. The participants even get to interview an archaeologist who has worked on a dig in the Valley of the Kings! Keep an eye on the blog, Facebook and Twitter for updates from our summer schools.

Ancient Egyptian gods

Our second summer event is Pioneer Day on Wednesday 6th August. This is a day long event for children in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Participants will go on a pioneer adventure and follow in the footsteps of Scottish emigrants to Canada to discover if they have the skills to survive! In the Cruickshank Botanic Garden there will be shelter building, fire lighting and wilderness activities, and in The Sir Duncan Rice Library participants join in with storytelling, songs and crafts. From 10am-1pm we will be welcoming holiday clubs and out-of-school groups onto campus. Booking is essential for this part of the day so if you wish to book please contact us on scc.learning@abdn.ac.uk. From 2-4pm families will be invited to drop-in and take part, no booking required. We hope to see you there!

pioneer day poster

Finally we’d like to say a big thanks to our volunteer, Alice, who has been a big part of SCC life lately as she was here for a two-week work placement. Alice is a familiar face at our Family Fun events but during her placement she was able to work with lots of other sections within SCC. She helped to catalogue archives, de-install an exhibition, make protective dust jackets for books and much more. Here she is working in the Glucksman Conservation Centre.

Alice - melinex dust jacket

Posted by: Lynsey

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