Pioneer Day

It’s been a while since our last post because it’s been all go here at the Special Collections Centre. We owe you a post about our fantastic summer school so keep your eyes peeled, but for now we need to tell you about last week’s Pioneer Day. This large scale event, on Wednesday 6th August, took place thanks to funding from Aberdeen City Council’s Vibrant Aberdeen Award. We worked with lots of new facilitators to create an action-packed day inspired by the lives of the Scottish pioneers described in our New Found Land exhibition. Despite the weather (the only wet day in Aberdeen last week) families came to the University campus and took part in pioneering activities in The Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Cruickshank Botanic Garden. Here are some snapshots of the day’s highlights…

Fire lighting with Mud Pies 

Shelter building with Aberdeen Rangers Service

Animal tracks and signs and games with Wild Things

Tree climbing demonstrations

testing the ropes for tree climbing ropes ready for tree climbing

Pioneer songs and stories with Grace Banks and Michael Williams

Pioneer craft – making yarn dolls and trying out the tricky “ball and cup” toy

Keep an eye on the blog for more photographs soon, the university photographer is busy editing his batch of images for us. We still have two New Found Land exhibition events to go, our Wagons Roll Family Fun on Wednesday 13th and our music evening on Wednesday 20th August Check out the posters below for details.

Wagons Roll FF poster Music evening poster Posted by: Lynsey

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