Youth Forum 2016/2017

Meet the new Youth Forum and Youth Forum Mentors

Taylor Dickinson

My name is Taylor Dickinson and I am currently studying an architectural conservation masters at Edinburgh University and my undergraduate degree was in architectural technology. I have wanted to work in the heritage sector since I was eight as I have always had a keen interest in historic buildings and history in general. I wanted to join the youth forum to meet other like minded people and to improve my skills in preparation for my dream career.

Nicholas Reid

Hi, my name is Nicholas. I graduated from college with a degree in Media and Communication, and am currently employed on a trainee role with a landscape partnership near Falkirk. On the Youth Forum I am looking forward to being able to help engage people with the local areas, as well as look at how individuals and communities are shaped by their relationships to urban environments.

Kirsty-Louise Johnstone

Hiya my name is Kirsty-Louise. Friends and family would class me as a drama queen. I'm a member of the Glasgow Disability Alliance which is an organization ran by disabled people for disabled people where I took part in a course called activate for 10 weeks and I graduated at Glasgow uni. I'm also a member of their drama group called the Purple Poncho Players

Anna Martelli

I’m Anna Martelli, a fourth year Archaeology and Social Anthropology student at the University of Edinburgh with an interest in community archaeology.

I have gained some experience in outreach by volunteering as a Learning and Programs Events at the National Museum of Scotland since my second year and I came across the field of community archaeology in the course of my studies attending conferences organized as part of community projects like SCHARP. I became passionate about it as an effective way of preserving and promoting our cultural heritage and the perfect combination of my interests: public engagement and archaeology.

I am enthusiastic about the Scotland’s Urban Past project and happy to learn about Scotland’s cultural heritage in an interesting way through the knowledge and interest of its local communities.

As a Youth Forum member I hope to meet like minded people and gain new skills in community engagement to pursue a career in community archaeology. 

Laura Haylock

I am a recent graduate of Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. During my studies I have cultivated my interest in rich history of Scotland's cities and how the built environment today tells a story about the urban past. I hope my involvement with the Scottish Urban Past Youth Forum will allow me to develop this interest before I continue my studies and training to be an architect.

Mentor Saga Binnie

I'm Saga and I was a member of of the Youth Forum last year. I work with the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust as a Property Assistant and  I'm a  presenter for the Dig It 2017 YouTube channel, Dig It TV - both opportunities I couldn't have experienced without having been part of the Youth Forum! 

Mentor Katie McDonald

I'm Katie - an Archive Assistant working in the University of Glasgow's Archive and Special Collections - and a member of last year's Youth Forum. As a Youth Forum Mentor, I hope the knowledge and experiences I gained last year working with SUP can help and encourage this year's Forum to get the most out of the experience.