Our Advanced Higher historians and pupils in the History Club are taking part in an oral history project in preparation for the 150th Anniversary of George Watson’s Ladies’ College next year.
We have been working with oral history experts from the European Ethnological Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh.
We’re pleased to say that, despite COVID-19 becoming a barrier to face to face conversations, we are able to use video conferencing technology and phone lines to make sure these important reflections are recorded in time for the anniversary.
Interviews with former pupils of the Ladies’ College will take place via Zoom, and over the phone and will be recorded for the school archive and for the University of Edinburgh’s own archive.
Catherine Stratford, Honorary Heritage Officer, said: “Pupils have begun to record the stories and experiences of women who attended the school at George Square before it amalgamated with George Watson's Boys' College in 1974 to form the GWC we know today.
“One current pupil will have interviewed three generations of the same family. Some of the best stories we have heard are about the pranks the girls played.
“The stories will be stored in the school archive and the University archive and we are very much hoping that they will be turned into a book too, as well as being used as part of an exhibition being mounted next year.”