museum and archive

learning

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards Museum runs a joint learning programme with the Museum of the Royal Regiment of Scotland and the Royal Scots Museum at Edinburgh Castle. We offer a service to schools either to visit us at the Castle or arrange an outreach session with our Learning Officer.

School sessions

We have developed a selection of workshops primarily focussed on our collections which offer an opportunity for pupils to study artefacts and original source material. We would be happy to adapt any of our sessions to suit the specific learning needs of your class. Please see our FAQS below or get in touch if you have any questions about our learning programme. If you would like to make an enquiry about visiting and/or booking a learning session, please telephone 0131 310 5014 or email our
Learning Officer.

The following workshops are currently available to book for either a visit or an outreach session:

Hard Tack and Curry

Pupils will look at the food rations of soldiers from three different conflicts; First World War field rations; Second World War 24 hour rations and modern 24 hour rations. In three groups, pupils will explore their ration pack and attempt to put together a menu for one soldier for 24 hours. We will then discuss each of their findings and compare their menus to decide if soldiers had a balanced diet.

Ration pack

Women at War

This activity explores women’s roles in the Army, from the earliest known stories of ‘masquerading women’ through to the present day; how it has changed and what opportunities are now available to women in the military. Pupils will debate the idea of women in combat roles; the arguments for and against this and form their own opinion on whether this should be allowed. The workshop concludes with a poster design activity.

Science of War

Pupils will explore the changing technologies ofwarfare and the idea that the First World War changed the way in which warswere fought as the first industrialised war. Through object handling anddiscussion, pupils will look at the differences in technologies and howmilitary technology may have influenced civilian technology. Finally, pupilswill have the opportunity to design and build their own soldiers’ helmet.

Digital learning resources

The Regimental Museums Learning Hub can be accessed here.

View and download the Edinburgh Castle school trail. View and download teachers’ notes for this trail.

We also have a free audio tour for young visitors to download.

FAQs

Do I need to book in advance?
How much does a visit cost?
How long do workshops last and when should we arrive?
Will there be time to visit the rest of the Castle?
Is there parking at Edinburgh Castle?
Where can we leave bags and coats?
Where can we eat our snack/lunch?
Is the space we will be visiting fully accessible?
Can I take photographs?
Is there a gift shop?