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Introductory Activities

On the first day of the workshop, the participants were given a presentation by Geoff Bailey to introduce them to the history of the Antonine Wall. They were then spilt into groups and worked with Kathleen Little to film and interview each other on what they knew about the Antonine Wall and what they hoped to achieve during the workshop.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the history of the Antonine Wall
  • Expressing to each other and on film their existing opinions about the Antonine Wall and what they hoped to learn

Studying the Archive Material

Following their introduction, the participants explored some of the collection material brought along to the workshop by RCAHMS. This included annotated photograph albums from early 20th century excavations and detailed excavation sketchbooks and reports. The participants were then asked to select and print a copy of their favourite historic photograph from this collection for reference the following day.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Attitudes & Values

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding archive material, how to use and interpret it
  • Understanding the role of RCAHMS- participants displayed a positive attitude towards RCAHMS and recognised its importance

The Field Trip

The second day of the workshop was devoted to a field trip to Mumrills Fort and Rough Castle Fort on the Antonine Wall. Following a brief tour of each site with Geoff, the participants were asked to try and find the spot from where their selected historic photograph was taken and attempt to recreate the photograph. The participants learnt about some of the different archaeological features found on the wall such as the Ditch and Lilia at Rough Castle and documented them using photography.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge & Understanding
  • Skills
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Making links between the collection material and the physical sites
  • Learning new skills in photography and teamwork
  • Finding creative methods to recreate their photograph
  • Expressing desire to visit Rough Castle site again

The wide variety of activities has shown the participants that there are many different ways of learning about the Antonine Wall.

- Nadia, Youth Group Assistant

Photograph Editing Session

The final day of the workshop was devoted to editing and preparing the previous days photographs for exhibition. Working in small groups, the participants selected their best photograph from the previous day and used Adobe Photoshop to transform this image to reflect their personal view of the Antonine Wall. They image was titled and a short caption written. The day concluded with the participants being re-interviewed by Kathleen to find out what they had learned about the Antonine Wall and photography over the course of the weekend and whether their attitudes to Scotlandís built environment had changed.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Skills
  • Attitudes and Values
  • Enjoyment, Inspiration, Creativity
  • Activity, Behaviour, Progression

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning new skills in photo-editing and caption writing
  • Being interviewed and expressing their new attitudes about the Antonine Wall
  • Experimenting and creating with digital photo imaging techniques
  • Participants expressing a change in the way they view their local environment

Event

On Tuesday 5th May, the participants, their friends and family gathered at the Falkirk wheel Visitor Centre to view an exhibition of the workshop photographs and watch a short film created by Kathleen from the participant interviews and photographs and entitled 'Our Antonine wall'. The participants were then each presented with a Certificate of Achievement.

Generic Learning Outcomes

  • Attitudes and Values

Learning Outcomes

  • Developing a sense of pride and self-worth in seeing their work displayed for other people to see

I learned that RCAHMS do searching and recording of places

- Jack, workshop Participant

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