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Picture of the Waverley Route Memories leaflet.

"Waverly Line Memories", a Lecture by David Easton

The series of evening workshops began with a talk and Q&A session with RCAHMS' Architectural Investigator David Easton entitled 'Memories of the Waverley Line'. Participants were also introduced to RCAHMS and the type of work the organisation carries out as well as what would happen during the workshop sessions.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge about the history of the Waverley Route
  • Appreciation of the importance of the work of RCAHMS in recording the

RCAHMS Collections, Memory Sharing & Graphic Design Sessions

The sessions began with an exploration of the collection material brought along to the workshop by RCAHMS. This included historic photographs of buildings, features and places along the Waverley Line as well as current RCAHMS survey photographs. Books and historic timetables helped to provide some additional background to the theme. Participants then worked with Neil from O-Street for two evenings during which they discussed and recorded information they knew about the Waverley Line as well as sharing personal memories and anecdotes about their personal experiences of travelling on the line. Following this, the participants worked together to select images from RCAHMS collections that they felt best illustrated their information. The images were laid out in order and any missing areas highlighted. These were filled by participants' personal photographs. Following creation and selection of material for the leaflet, the group then began to work with Neil on deciding the layout of the information and the style they would like the leaflet to take.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing skills in communication (spoken, written and graphic), teamwork and information management
  • Changing opinion towards what they felt they had to offer to the creation of a leaflet
  • Enjoying sharing memories and being surprised at their ability to be creative in the layout of the leaflet

Editorial

Following the memory sharing and graphic design sessions, the photographs, text and blocked layout samples were passed over to O-Street to be worked up for print. This process was carried out in five stages with the participants providing their feedback on the content and layout at each stage, thus maintaining control over the final design.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing skills in critically assessing information they are presented with
  • Enjoying seeing the progression of the leaflet and seeing their thoughts and ideas incorporated into the process

Event

On the evening of Thursday 3rd July, participants, friends and family were invited to the launch of the leaflet at Old Gala House in Galashiels. Guests had the opportunity to view the full leaflet for the first time and share their thoughts on the finished product. Leaflets were available for all guests to take away and share with others.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Attitudes and Values
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Pride in themselves in seeing the finished leaflet
  • Intentions to find out more about the Waverley Route history

Further Development

The 'Waverley Route Memories' leaflet has now been incorporated into 'Creative Connections', Treasured Places' touring exhibition. To celebrate the launch of this exhibition in the Borders, workshop participants, together with a wider audience from the local area, were invited to take part in a walking tour of the Waverley Line led by David Easton. The walk went from Peebles to the Bowshank tunnel with highlights including a torchlight walk through the tunnel and a buffet lunch at the Tweedale Museum in Peebles.

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