ANGUSalive Highlights Educational Resources


21st February 2018

ANGUSalive, the culture, sports and leisure trust for Angus, recently participated in a training day for newly qualified teachers to showcase its library and museum resources.

The event was held at The Webster Memorial Theatre, Arbroath and was attended by 26 primary and 22 secondary teachers. The theme of the day was ‘Literacy across the Curriculum’ and the event aimed to brought together librarians, development officers and consultants to identify ways to promote and spark literacy interest in children. Delegates were presented with details of literacy projects from across Angus including; the First Minister’s Reading Challenge, NHS Storytelling Project, Bookbug and museum collection resources.

Sylvia Main, Children and Families Development Officer, ANGUSalive, commented:

“ANGUSalive Libraries were excited to highlight their children’s groups at the newly qualified teachers’ training day in Arbroath. We readily support teachers with aids such as reading materials and non-fiction books from our libraries across the county of Angus. During the event, I was able to highlight our successful Early Years Bookbug Programme, stimulating literacy in the youngest members of our communities, whilst encouraging early library use.”

As part of this event, Lesley Stewart from ANGUSalive Museums, Galleries and Archives launched the new ANGUSalive Museums Teacher Information Guide and showcased the charity’s educational resource boxes; giving an insight into the resources available to teachers to complement the curriculum and encourage pupil literacy. Lesley outlined the opportunities for school groups to experience the museums' collection and artefacts, describing programmes to ignite pupil imagination as they explore the Picts to the Victorians.
Lesley Stewart, Museum Officer, ANGUSalive, commented:

“We were delighted to be invited to present at the event and took the opportunity to launch The ANGUSalive Museums Teachers’ Information Guide. Our programme that encompasses imaginative, constructive and engaging content for pupils, whilst providing information on the activities our museums can offer school groups - such as Letham Primary School – such as our artefact boxes and now also tailored workshops.”

The ANGUSalive Museum, Galleries and Archives service hopes to identify new areas and grow already established connections with local schools, as teacher Claire Poynton, from Letham Primary School, commented:

"The ANGUSalive artefact boxes are a vital resource for delivering hands-on learning experiences to children. These allow pupils to actively engage with historical artefacts and essential resources, making Scotland's past truly come alive for them. Pupils can explore a variety of objects and resources, using these to inform their understanding of Scotland's past and history, allowing them to compare this with their lives today."

The ANGUSalive Museums’ Teachers Pack can be downloaded from Visits are free to ANGUSalive Museums, Galleries and Archives and ANGUSalive Libraries across Angus – the charity welcomes one and all to visit and be inspired – for school visits, please book in advance by contacting the venue, for further information please email


ANGUSalive (SC046133) is the culture, sport and leisure trust for the county of Angus and has been operating since December 2015.

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