Edinburgh – more than a castle

national mining museum

At the beginning of October the pupils of 5ème, 4ème, 3ème and 2nde spent three days in Edinburgh. The first visit was to the National Mining Museum of Scotland where they spent a fascinating two hours in the company of their guide Sinclair, a former miner. (see photo)The group found out about the history of coal and the mining industry in both Scotland and the UK as a whole.

An action-packed second day began with a morning at the Museum on the Mound. There the group learned all about the history of money in all its various guises and the increasingly complicated strategies to combat fraud.

There then followed a visit to the Camera Obscura, a museum devoted to the world of optical illusions and the day ended with a guided tour of The Real Mary King’s Close. This was a chance to find out about life in Edinburgh in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries.

On the final morning the group was divided into two, with the 3ème and 2nde going to The National Portrait Gallery to see an exhibition entitled “From self- portraits to selfies”. The remaining classes visited Our Dynamic Earth to learn more about the story of our planet.