Attainment through Archaeology

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Organisation: Archaeology Scotland
Project title: Attainment through Archaeology

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Attainment through Archaeology© is a new initiative run by archaeology Scotland. The central aim of the project is to use archaeology for social good by delivering a range of workshops to young people aged 11-26 across Scotland. In this year the project engaged with 37 participants through taster sessions and two longer term projects. The bulk of the scheme consisted of 5-week project based in Auchinleck, Ayrshire and an 8-week project in Dundee. Across both projects, heritage was used to assist participants to develop workplace skills and to improve their confidence whilst actively engaging them with their local heritage.

Which OPiT key performance indicator is the project contributing to? Main: 10 – Ensuring capacity – evidence of improved capacity by supporting communities through community empowerment and engagement

Attainment through Archaeology© has contributed at KPI 10. The scheme actively engages marginalised young people through using archaeological field work to help them develop transferable and interpersonal skills and improve their confidence and self-esteem.  The project actively seeks to engage with these margianlised audiences in order to broaden engagement with heritage and help to empower local communities and young people.

Contact name: Kieran Manchip
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Reviewed: August 2019