Virtual storytelling session a hit for Garioch Heritage Centre
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On February 22, Garioch Heritage Centre and local storyteller Diana Peers (Once Upon A Tune) came together to hold a live streamed storytelling session for over 700 local schoolchildren in primaries 4-7.
The session, entitled The Garioch Time Traveller, covered a range of tales based on local history, myths, and legends from present day to World War II to the Wicked Laird of Balquhain (including the Battle of Harlaw), Robert the Bruce and the Spider, the Maiden Stone, and Mons Graupius.
Commenting Diana Peers said: "It was lovely to bring the Garioch Heritage Centre to life with exciting and varied stories from the Garioch past streamed live to schools.”
The session was very well received with an opportunity for pupils to write their own story or draw an illustration which will be displayed in the Garioch Heritage Centre once restrictions allow reopening.
The session was supported by funding from the Scottish Storytelling Centre and the equipment used was purchased by Garioch Heritage Centre through a grant from Museums and Galleries Scotland.
Although Garioch Heritage Centre is currently closed to the public they are working on creating new online content to support both pupils and the general public with talks to Garioch Heritage Society members due to restart online later in March.
The centre are also working to develop displays and add more interactivity and access elements within the building.
To help purchase new equipment which will make displays more interactive and interesting for visitors, Garioch Heritage Centre - which receives no ongoing public funding - has set up an online fundraiser.
The equipment would also increase accessibility of information and narrative.
You can make a donation at: www.justgiving.com/campaign/GHCFutureFunding.