Poppyscotland Learning needs your help

1st July 2018 Michael Fahy

With the centenary of the end of the First World War approaching, Poppyscotland learning are embarking on a very exciting project.  The Moving Poppy, funded by the Chancellor using LIBOR Funds and Heritage Lottery Fund, is a unique and ambitious project taking elements of Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory and Poppyscotland’s archive collection, highlights of Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory tour experience, interpretation and learning facilities on the road.

The purpose-built vehicle will be free-to-access and accessible-to-all and will tour Scotland from early 2019, visiting schools and community events, allowing pupils to learn about the history of the poppy, consider issues surrounding conflict and remembrance, and start conversations about the poppy, remembrance and veterans. It will also support the centenaries of the first Poppy Appeal in 2021 and the opening of Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in 2026.

We are looking for creative and innovative people to help shape the learning experiences that pupils will have when they come on board, and would like to invite you to a creative co-design day at Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory in Edinburgh on Saturday 1st September.

On the day you will find out about the history of the poppy, Lady Haig’s Poppy Factory, and the disabled veterans who have worked there over the years.  You will have a tour of the factory to see where Scotland’s poppies are made, and be able to view some of our archived materials.  After lunch we will ask for your help to generate ideas for curriculum linked learning activities which will be carried out on the truck and possibly in school after the visit.

If you are a creative and innovative person with interest and expertise in this area, and would like to come along, learn more about our work, and help shape our learning activities, then please contact Nicola Smith at n.smith1@poppyscotland.org.uk , giving a short summary of your background, skills and suitability, why you are interested in this area, and what experience you think you can bring to this event (no more than 300 words please).  If oversubscribed, we will use this information to create a balanced participant list.

We are particularly interested in hearing from Primary and Early Years teachers, Secondary teachers in the following subject areas – History, RMPS, English, Art and Design (or any other relevant areas), and anyone else who has experience in creating engaging learning activities.

This event will take place on Saturday 1st September at Poppyscotland’s Edinburgh office, New Haig House, Logie Green Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4HQ. We will pay you £50 for your time, provide lunch and also cover your travel expenses.