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Heritage Hunters: Heritage Lottery Fund Project (2018-2019)

Taking place in the Year of Young People 2018, this project aimed to broaden the participation of children and young people in heritage settings across Scotland.

Participation was a central theme to Year Of Young people 2018 and the aim of the project was to increase children and young people’s understanding of culture and heritage and encourage their future engagement in heritage opportunities.

The final project report gives an overview of the project and makes recommendations for the heritage sector related to funding, staff training, exhibition planning and how the heritage and youth sectors can support the engagement of young people with heritage.

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Young people sit in a hall, some on beanbags some on chairs
Hosting Heritage at the Hub. Copyright Ceranna Photography 2019

The project supported the up-skilling of staff within heritage settings so that they can develop their own participative approaches to meaningfully engage with children and young people. These participative approaches were influenced by what children said works best for them. As a result, heritage partners developed sustainable approaches extending beyond the lifetime of this project.

The project was funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund. We worked with the Institute for Heritage and Sustainable Human Development to help ensure there is a strong legacy from the project.

Project work was undertaken in Kirkcaldy, Dumfries, Glasgow, Edinburgh and South Queensferry. See the boxes on the right for more information.

The project culminated in a celebration and knowledge exchange event which took place in Edinburgh on the 22nd February.

Read the project blog, What does heritage mean to you?, by our Policy & Participation Officer Jane Miller.
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For more information contact Elaine Kerridge,         

End of project report

'Heritage is Something That Defines You' summarises the project findings

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Exhibition shares young carers’ views on heritage

Find out more about the Young Carers in Charge exhibition

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Heritage Hunters report (PDF)

The six-month project summary & review

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Heritage Hunters project: Kirkcaldy

Find out more about the project work that was done in Fife

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Heritage Hunters: South Queensferry

Find out more about the project work that was done in South Queensferry

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Heritage Hunters: Edinburgh (The Citadel: young mums group)

Find out more about the project work that was done in Edinburgh with The Citadel young mums group.

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Heritage Hunters project: Dumfries

Find out more about the project work that was done in Dumfries

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Heritage Hunters project: Edinburgh Young Carers

Find out more about the project work that was done with Edinburgh Young Carers

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Heritage Hunters project: Glasgow

Find out more about the project work that was done in Glasgow.

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Heritage Hunters: Supporting Child-led Heritage

A new resource, aimed at supporting practitioners working with young people, with a particular focus on the area of heritage.

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Core partners

Children in Scotland

Lead project team, with responsibility for delivering project outcomes.

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Heritage Lottery Fund

The key funding partners for the project.

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Dig It!

Dig It! will work to co-ordinate the project partners.

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Institute for Heritage and Sustainable Human Development

Project partner responsible for ensuring the legacy of the project.

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