For Doors Open Days 2020 we're going digital and encouraging venues to contribute online tours and talks, as well as share their digital educational resources with us! We will then promote all of these lovely online resources as part of Doors Open Days 2020 in September.
For example, last year we created a downloadable educational resource as part of our Stone, Sea and Sky project. This toolkit is filled to the brim with ideas of how to engage children and young people with the buildings, places and spaces around them. And the best part? We have versions in both English and Gaelic!
Most of the toolkit activities can be completed inside - including ideas of how to chat with children about about local buildings and their sense of place, and an activity for children to redesign buildings in their area. The toolkit does suggest a wee walk outside to see some local buildings; this could be completed during lockdown as long as you ensure everyone maintains good social distancing!
Stone, Sea and Sky: The Architecture of Scotland’s Islands was a Doors Open Days 30th anniversary project that celebrated the buildings, places and communities of Scotland’s Western Islands. In September 2019, we hosted free workshops for school pupils across venues in the Western Isles and Argyll and the islands. These workshops encouraged children and young people to gain a sense of the built structures that form local civic identity and explore their local areas through a playful investigation of places.
As a legacy of this project, and in an effort to make these workshops as accessible as possible, we consulted with our partners and two accredited educators to create the Stone, Sea and Sky educational toolkit - adapted for use throughout the whole of Scotland.
This educational toolkit is a legacy of the Stone, Sea and Sky project, and draws on the experience and input of our partners and participants. We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that we worked with to put together the project and the toolkit. The workshops were developed and led by:
Stone, Sea and Sky is a Doors Open Days 2019 Project Delivered by Scottish Civic Trust. This project is part-Financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Argyll and the Isles and Outer Hebrides Leader 2014-2020 Programme