During 2010 and 2011 the RSE delivered a locally tailored, high-quality programme of public lectures, schools’ talks and workshops throughout Dumfries and Galloway. This programme built upon a successful initiative of educational activities and events held in Arbroath during 2008/9 and has built the foundations for a new programme, RSE@ Lochaber, which launched in 2012.
The programme celebrated the region’s strong sense of identity, highlighting the wealth of natural and human resources that exist within South West Scotland.
Speakers covered a diverse range of subjects: celebrating the lives of inspiring and pioneering historical and contemporary figures; examining the region’s contribution to the growth of Christianity in Scotland; providing an insight into the innovative work undertaken on alternative energy sources; and exploring the natural and botanical life of the region. All events were open to all and free to attend.
During the 2010/11 school year inspirational educational talks and workshops were delivered to primary and secondary schools throughout the region. As part of the Dumfries and Galloway programme the RSE continued to celebrate the bicentenary of Reverend Henry Duncan’s pioneering banking practices by offering the opportunity to local secondary schools to be involved in a variety of entrepreneurial activities
Summary reports are available for past events.
Masterclasses - 20-24 June 2011
A week long series of five Master Classes on Art, Drama, Music, Creative Writing and Film and Television took place in June 2011.
Each event was designed to inspire young people with a particular flair or talent for one of the topics, and who are seriously considering further study or developing a career in one of the outlined subject areas. Participants were nominated by schools from across the region. Students from the Film and TV Master Class subsequently came to work with the RSE as interns during the BBC Scotland webcast of the 2011 Christmas Lecture.
Enjoy some stories written at the Creative Writing Masterclasses or watch an amazing animation developed in just one day by our TV and Film Masterclass students - the animation is based around Drumlanrig Castle, and was made available to be shown in the castle's visitor centre, on the request of the owner, the Duke of Buccleuch.
The RSE Business Experience. 15-17 June 2011
The RSE Business Experience took place between the 15 and 17 June in Stranraer Academy. 11 teams took part, exploring the many resources in Dumfries and Galloway and using them as inspiration to create business ideas for the region. Read more about the RSE Business Experience
My Great Adventure – 28 March 2011
A beautiful spring morning, accompanied by glorious birdsong, was the setting for the recent ‘My Great Adventure’ primary workshop at Caerlaverock Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, Dumfries and Galloway.
Twenty-three excited and enthusiastic pupils from Lochside Primary, eager to learn about the amazing journey taken by the Svalbard Barnacle Geese that fly 2,000 miles to winter on the Solway at Caerlaverock every year, were met by Brian Morrell, Learning Manager at the reserve. Read more about My Great Adventure.
Facial Reconstruction - Senior School Workshop - 10 March 2011
As part of the RSE @ Dumfries & Galloway programme, senior students at Kirkcudbright Academy recently experienced a ‘hands-on’ facial reconstruction workshop. The session was lead by Caroline Erolin, lecturer in medical and forensic art at the University of Dundee. Read more about the Facial Reconstruction Workshop