Shifting to Online Education

With businesses, restaurants and tourist sites all shut down for the foreseeable future, it seems like everyone is finding ways to work from home – and the Dundonald Castle Education team is no exception!

While it’s very disheartening to not be able to carry out all of our planned school visits and hold our various educational events this spring, we’re trying a few new things to reach our loyal audience. These new initiatives began last Friday with a free Zoom event centred around heraldry and shield making. With the success of that event, we will be doing another apothecary-themed medicine making event next Friday, and we will continue to do virtual events every week as long as the audience remains interested.

In addition, we are working hard on videos to release every Monday and Wednesday. Monday’s videos, the first of which was released today, will focus on various items in the castle’s collection (I’ll leave the link at the end of this post). On Wednesday we will be starting a series which focuses on the history and various incarnations of Scotland. The first video will focus on life and culture in the Iron Age, and what Castle Hill looked like at that time.

Alongside this, to try and make up the experience sadly lost buy the school children this Spring, we have reached out to each school that had a visit scheduled with this to offer virtual activities to their students via Zoom.

We’ll be posting all of our videos on our new YouTube channel – Dundonald Castle Education – as well as this blog and all of our social media channels, so please follow along with us!

If you would like to sign up for any of our virtual events, please email me (Blythe) at education@dundonaldcastle.org.uk

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