Often secondary school and further education training packages
related to the outdoors are only based around rural, practical
skills. The project would like to offer interested students
the opportunity to develop skills that will help them academically
whilst providing some valuable heritage research for the canal.
Canal heritage studies
The Caledonian Canal heritage officer is offering to facilitate
and support any studies related to the heritage of the canal.
This would fit with geography, history, biology or modern studies
and could give students a real world opportunity to develop skills
that may become part of their immediate future. They may also
find things out that will make a real difference to communities'
understanding and enjoyment of the area.
Support, training and experience
Students will be given support and direction to enable research
into a targeted canal based project. This may be based on
cultural or natural heritage topics. Training and experience
can be provided in interview techniques and use of audio/video
recording equipment to collect data.
By developing communication and group management skills students
can learn to effectively engage with groups of people in order to
collect or share information. Editing of data and sharing of the
finished work can be achieved through a variety of media and sites
online, including Scottish Waterways Trust and Caledonian Canal
For more information please contact the Caledonian Canal
heritage officer, Stephen Wiseman: