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Young people detect Edinburgh's past

Young people have been investigating the city's past thanks to an HLF grant.

Jun 22, 2011

Over the past eight weeks a group of 17 young people have been gathering at the EWH office in Charlotte Square on Friday afternoons. Each week teams have been tasked to go out and about around the city, to find out the truth behind topics such as Edinburgh’s underground city, crimes, famous Scots and traditional myths. Visit the Heritage Detectives website.

The project is a collaboration between Edinburgh World Heritage, Circle Scotland and Daisychain Associates, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme.

Circle Scotland provide community based support for marginalised children and families, working to improve opportunities for disadvantaged families, and those with children at risk of school exclusion, experiencing neglect or affected by parental drug or alcohol use.

David Hicks, Communications Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage said: “For us this project was all about reaching new audiences, and working with Circle Scotland and Daisychain has enabled us to properly engage with young people. It was a delight to work with them and see their sense of pride in their city. The World Heritage Site belongs to all and projects such as this are vital in ensuring everyone enjoys this beautiful city.”

Maura Daly from Circle Scotland said: ”This project has really captured the children’s imagination and is evidence that education can be fun and can keep children engaged if it is delivered in the right way. EWH has provided an exceptional programme of activities which has captivated the children, borne out in their attendance at, and commitment to the project every Friday afternoon after a week of school!”

Maggie Aitken of Daisychain Associates said: “This might seem a most unlikely partnership, but despite - or because of - that, it certainly works. Our shared central aim for young people to gain a knowledge of, and sense of identity within, this great City has expressed itself within our varied disciplines, and the response of the young people involved has been remarkable in terms of interest, activity and result. These young people are a real credit to Edinburgh, though, mind you, so are EWH and Circle!”

The project will conclude with a series of presentations for an invited audience, drawing on the experiences of the young people, and starring some of the group themselves.

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