Friends’ Activities

Volunteers from the Friends create finding aids for the Archive, attend local open days, fairs and conferences, and are also involved in the Archives outreach programme.

Here are some of the recent activities they have helped with:

Heraldry 800 Competition

Pupils produced a coat of arms demonstrating what is important about their community. The Friends helped Archive staff produce resource packs, designed to help pupils understand the basics of heraldry and show them what kinds of records can help them discover their community’s history and culture.

The high quality of all the entries are testament to their enthusiasm, but we hope the following comment was felt by all the pupils who took part:

‘..this was a super activity. The children worked in co-operative learning groups. It initiated lots of great research, discussion and negotiation, culminating in a delightful product with which everyone at school is very happy!’

Individual pupils won copies of their coat of arms, and the overall winning school was Blairingone Primary

Local history publications

The Friends have helped publish some local authors, whose books are available at each of the Friends’ talks and from the Local Studies section at the AK Bell Library.

These include

  • Lost Gardens of Perthshire by David M Robertson
  • A Perthshire Artist: Andrew Scott Rankin by David M Robertson
  • Facts and Fancies: writings of the Auchterarder Weaver Boy, Tomas Stewart by Moira Cherry
  • Publications based on Pitroddie, Rait and Longforgan by the Friends’ first chairman, Donald Abbott

Mosaic of Wartime Alyth

Based on the minutes of P&K Council, the Friends produced a script that told the story of Alyth’s civilian experience during WWII.  After a successful presentation to a local audience, the Friends then recorded the testimonies of three Alyth worthies.  The experience proved a useful testing ground, and the Friends are thinking of doing a larger oral history project.

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