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Children learn the secrets of Auld Reekie

A series of workshops have brought Old Edinburgh alive for school children.

Mar 30, 2011

As a concluding part of the Auld Reekie learning campaign, EWH organised a series of workshops for primary schools at the end of March. The aim was to engage pupils with the history and characters of Georgian Edinburgh in an interactive fun experience.

'Caddie Capers' was a tour of the Old and New Towns, led by storytellers Fergus McNicol and Ron Fairweather. In the company of Highland caddies Roddy and Ron the pupils encountered characters such as Deacon Brodie and rapping judge Lord Braxfield, exploring the closes of the Old Town and hearing stories on the way.

'The Old Town Mouse and the New Town Mouse' combined storytelling with a puppet workshop. Storyteller Ailie Finlay told the story of the Old Town mouse who goes to visit his cousin in the New Town, highlighting the differences in lifestyle between the two areas. Pupils then had an opportunity to make their own puppets, and to act out their own Old Town/New Town story.

Feedback from both teachers and pupils has been very postive and hopefully the workshops will be offered again as part of the EWH schools programme.


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