October 2017: From History Live to Hallowe'en

The Learning Team

02 Nov 2017

The Battle of Bannockburn Learning Team have been even busier than usual over the last month. Here’s a snapshot of just some of our recent activities and events!

Kicking things off in style, the centre was part of History Live 2017, a Stirling-wide event celebrating the history and heritage of this wonderful city! We felt that archery would be a perfect fit for this event and so we held Have-A-Go sessions on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Both were a great success, although on Sunday we had to contend with some rather challenging weather conditions (to say the least!). Torrential rain turned our range into a marsh and howling winds ripped our targets to shreds! Still we soldiered on until it got so dreich that even Robert the Bruce would’ve called it a day!


History Live


Less than two weeks later we hit the October School Holidays and as always we had an action-packed schedule to keep the kids entertained. Our Creative Castles event was a particular success this time around with our most elaborately designed castles yet! One effort even had a fully-functioning drawbridge and trebuchet (the latter ingeniously made out of pipe cleaners!).


 Example Castle 2


During the holidays our Autumn Lecture Series continued, which saw a record-breaking number of attendees at Dr Murray Cook’s lecture, “New Light on the Brochs of the Forth Valley” on Wednesday 18th October. Over 60 people crammed into our Learning Room to hear about Murray’s new research!


Murray Cook


On 21 October, we were also privileged to hear from the researchers behind the recent 3D facial reconstruction of Robert the Bruce during our keynote lecture. Our attendees were captivated by Dr Martin MacGregor’s personal insights into Bruce’s life and times, before Mark Roughley wowed us with a look behind-the-scenes at the technical wizardry of FaceLab. Our lecture series continues on 8 November with Prof. Dauvit Broun’s “New Light on William Wallace as Guardian of Scotland”.


Bruce Talk Macgregor


Finally, our hectic October was capped off with our Hallowe’en event, the inaugural Stoats Creepy Crawl on 28/29 October. This saw dozens of miniature vampires, zombies, and ghosts take part in eight ghoulish activities, including Haunted Hoopla, Grave Grabbing, and the perennial Hallowe’en classic, Apple Dookin’. One of the most popular activities was our Scary Stocks: this involved convincing (not so) willing parents to get in our medieval stocks and have their kids fling wet sponges at them! Some of our most heroic, valiant staff members also joined in the fun! 


Medieval Stocks


Beyond this, the centre has been bustling with school visits almost every day. The clocks might have gone back, but we have no intention of slowing down!


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