Archaeology Scotland helps teachers to bring Scotland’s history to the classroom

New Digital Portal showcases Scotland’s best heritage learning resources

Archaeology Scotland, along with the major Scottish heritage organisations including Historic Environment Scotland, Dig it! Surgeons’ Hall Museums, and National Museums Scotland, have put forward their best resources on Scotland’s past, which will now be accessible in one place – Heritage Resources Portal: contact: heritageportal [at]

Aimed mainly at teachers, it is also great place for youth workers, home-schoolers and people in other learning and educational settings, to find resources for leading sessions. It also includes information on where to find games, apps, and primary sources about Scotland’s unique historic environment. This project is part of Scotland’s Archaeology Strategy’s Encouraging Greater Engagement theme.

Consultation with teachers and educators has shaped the overall design of the portal. Users will be able to search topics or Curriculum for Excellence levels and areas, take an in depth look at Scottish time periods or popular subjects such as the Romans and Vikings or pick out an activity for the classroom or youth club.

There’s also information on places to visit, how to design a project for the classroom, lots of background information, teachers’ notes, sources of funding, and handling kits.

Rebecca Boyde, Archaeology Scotland’s Youth Engagement Officer, said:

“This is a one-stop show for educators looking for Scottish-based resources to use with their learners. A cornucopia of resources is available, so there really is something for everyone. This really encourages greater audiences to engage with Scotland’s past - and the organisations working hard to keep the past alive.”

The Heritage Resources Portal is supported by the resource providers including members of the Heritage Education Forum, and others. The portal is funded by Historic Environment Scotland

Further information found here