My Place, Our Heritage

My Place, Our Heritage - Heritage Education Programme 2014

Working with the Historic Scotland Ranger Service, Orkney Museums, the Pier Arts Centre, Orkney Archaeology Society and Orkney Islands Council Leisure, Education and Learning Services, Orkney College UHI are co-ordinating a programme of archaeological heritage-based activities for children, youth, and lifelong learners of all ages to get involved with Orkney’s fantastic archaeology.

We hope to engender a sense of ownership of, and pride in, archaeological heritage which will help with its long term survival. The programme places an emphasis on ‘learning for sustainability’, using the archaeological resource as a tool for thinking more widely about environmental sustainability, in the past, present and future.

Colleagues in Easter Island are establishing a parallel education programme, and it is planned that children will meet and share information about their heritage through IT. Our ultimate aim is to have exchange visits between Orkney and Easter Island: this will involve a lot of preparation, including learning to speak some Spanish!

We will be also be making connections with groups of children in other islands - Iceland and Barbuda - through our involvement in the Global Human Ecodynamics Alliance.

This summer we are offering a number of different out-of-school events – come along!

Contact us if you wish to know more about this program, or to arrange future classes or youth group activities around archaeological heritage.

Who we are
The working group for this initiative is:
Jane Downes, Alison Keir, Ingrid Mainland, (Orkney College UHI); Clare Gee, Julie Gibson, Carol McManus, Ernie Skea (Orkney Islands Council); Carol Dunbar (Pier Arts Centre); Elaine Clarke and Sandra Miller (Historic Scotland).

Orkney College UHI

  • Professor Jane Downes heads the Archaeology Department and is part of the Easter Island research project. Contact:
  • Dr Ingrid Mainland is Curriculum Leader for Archaeology and is an environmental archaeologist. Contact:
  • Alison Keir is a PhD student whose research focusses on archaeological community engagement and learning for sustainability. Contact:


"What's in my Midden" - Thursday, 3rd and Friday 4th July 2014 - click here for the event poster.

"Surveying the landscape of the Little General" - Monday, 7th and Tuesday, 8th July 2014 - click here for the event poster.

Looking around Barnhouse Neolithic Village - Thursday, 31st July 2014 - click here for the event poster.

Digging up the past at the Ness of Brodgar - Tuesdays, 22nd July, 29th July, 5th August and 12th August 2014 - click here for the event poster.

Wilder Being, Archaeology Art Environment - Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st August 2014 - click here for the event poster or here for further information.

For the full summer event programme please click here.