Mauchline Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) appointed East Ayrshire Council's Creative Minds Team to work in partnership with Primary 7 pupils at Mauchline Primary School and history students in Robert Burns Academy to research their rich local heritage.
This project will be based on existing artefacts displayed in local museums, namely Burns House Museum. Young people will have the opportunity to create their own story which will be brought into the 21st century through the power of poem and song.
Young people will be offered a certificate of achievement on completion of the course.
Through the creation of an original song by Paul Brunton and Bea Clark, the pupils of Mauchline Primary were able to learn about the characters and stories of the history of Mauchline. From the Melrose Monks and the Loudon Spout, through characters such as Poosie Nansie, Holy Willie, the Gallant Weaver and tales of the mysterious burning down of the Boxworks...Mauchline school pupils now understand the history of the place where they live.
To ensure a lasting legacy, creative practitioners will create a format and resources and host a professional learning opportunity for teachers so that they are confidently able to replicate the heritage awareness course with subsequent year groups.
This project is currently on-going.