First class facilities at Heritage Centre

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Fraserburgh Heritage Centre gets the thumbs up from teaching staff and pupils for the educational facilities it provides to schools in the local area.

S1 pupils from Fraserburgh Academy were provided with a hands on learning experience recently when pupils from the Study Skills and Project class attended the Heritage Centre for a tour on slavery that enabled the children to experience the reality of slaves.

Fraserburgh Academy class teacher, Lynn Jex, told the Herald: “Since August our project has been Jamaica and we have done research on a variety of topics such as Blue Mountain coffee, famous landmarks and places, Reggae music and the Patois language, to name but a few.

“Recently we have been learning about slavery in Jamaica and other islands in the West Indies, our classroom assistant Lynda Buchan told us about James Ramsay and how he had helped abolish slavery so I contacted the Heritage Centre and was delighted that they could offer us more information on him and his role.”

Heritage Centre volunteers provided the pupils with a brief talk before transporting the pupils back in time with a absolutely fantastic interactive and very informative tour during which the pupils experienced the reality of becoming slaves.

Mrs Jexx continued: “The pupils were very impressed with the centre when we arrived. It was a first time for many of them and they hadn’t expected it to be so large and filled with so many historical artefacts.

With the emphasis of the Curriculum for Excellence on active learning the Heritage Centre is a valuable educational resource in the area that has a lot to offer schools. Mrs Jexx added: “This visit ties in well with the Curriculum For Excellence as the visit developed the pupils knowledge and understanding of inequality by taking on the role of a slave.”

“There are a range of displays and a wealth of information about the local area which corresponds to many of the subjects taught at the Academy. Many of the displays are hands-on and the kids can learn by having a go. Some of the displays are very life like.

“The guides did an excellent job and really made the pupils aware of how life way like for a slave. I feel that the Heritage Centre has a lot to offer to schools in terms of the Curriculum For Excellence.

“The pupils enjoyed this out of the classroom experience and were all actively engaged in the story of the transportation of the slaves from Africa to the West Indies. Their behaviour was a credit to the school.”

Fraserburgh Heritage Centre is open from 11am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.