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Edinburgh World Heritage/Heritage Detectives

Education can be fun and can keep children engaged

Maura Daly - Circle Scotland

Heritage Detectives

Heritage Detectives

A programme for young people to explore their city, and find out the truth behind Edinburgh’s underground city, crimes, famous Scots and traditional myths.


Investigating the past

Heritage Detectives

Heritage Detectives got young people investigating the city’s past. This project was a collaboration between Edinburgh World Heritage, Circle Scotland and Daisychain Associates, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Young Roots programme.

Over eight weeks a group of 17 young people gathered at the Edinburgh World Heritage office on Friday afternoons. Each week teams were tasked to go out and about around the city, to find out the truth behind topics such as Edinburgh’s underground city, crimes, famous Scots and traditional myths.

Circle Scotland provide community based support for marginalised children and families, working to improve opportunities for disadvantaged families, and those with children at risk of school exclusion, experiencing neglect or affected by parental drug or alcohol use.

Maura Daly from Circle Scotland said at the time: ”This project has really captured the children’s imagination and is evidence that education can be fun and can keep children engaged if it is delivered in the right way. Edinburgh World Heritage has provided an exceptional programme of activities which has captivated the children, borne out in their attendance at, and commitment to the project every Friday afternoon after a week of school!”

“For us this project was all about reaching new audiences, and working with Circle Scotland and Daisychain has enabled us to properly engage with young people. It was a delight to work with them and see their sense of pride in their city. The World Heritage Site belongs to all and projects such as this are vital in ensuring everyone enjoys this beautiful city.”

David Hicks

former Communications Manager for Edinburgh World Heritage

Connecting people to their heritage

Engaging young people

The project concluded with a series of presentations for an invited audience, drawing on the experiences of the young people, and starring some of the group themselves.


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