In recent years, with financial assistance from one of the City’s charitable Trusts, the Guildry has embarked on a number of educational projects aimed at primary schools and the university. As far as the juniors are concerned, we liaise with the local authority to ensure complicity with their curriculum. In 2011, the emphasis was on immigration and its influences within the City while in 2012 it was a series of comparative studies. These involved the Jute Industry and the Waterfront Development which required visits to project sites and the McManus Gallery. As well as winning trophies for their schools, every participating pupil received a personalised certificate with a short history of the Guildry on the reverse.
In 2013 the project title will be ”Our Jobs, Then and Now”, for which pupils may elect to produce a Power Point presentation, submit a folder of findings or undertake an illustrated presentation. Transport will be provided to visit present day factories, commercial undertakings and museums such as Verdant Works.
As far as Dundee School of Architecture is concerned, there were, in 2012, some five interesting submissions on a variety of themes with the winner addressing the problem of rehabilitating offshore oil and gas platforms. For 2013, there will be three options, namely The Waterfront Vision, Regenerating Dundee and Rooms and Cities.
Both the primary school pupils and the students bring a great deal of flair and ingenuity to their works with results which are both innovative and exciting.The Guildry has other ideas for future years and will strive to provide worthwhile challenges for the benefit of Dundee’s younger citizens.