Rosyth Schools and Rosyth Garden City Association

Four local primary schools and the Rosyth Garden City Association celebrating how Rosyth has changed over the last 100 years.

About the project

2016 marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland and the development of the Rosyth Garden City. To honour this important year, the Rosyth Garden City Association (RGCA), along with four local primary schools, have researched and investigated the Garden City, the Battle of Jutland and the changes seen in Rosyth over the last 100 years.

From January to May 2016, the Scotland’s Urban Past team worked with each of the schools and all their hard work culminated in the RGCA exhibition, Celebrating Rosyth's Centenary.

In May 2016, the Princess Royal, the First Minister and Baroness Annabel Goldie visited the community-curated exhibition held at Rosyth Parish Church as part of the commemorative events surrounding the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

A map of Scotland showing Rosyth

Park Road Primary School

Pupils from Primary 1 to Primary 7 created their own maps and investigated the changes seen in Rosyth through historical maps and photographs.

The pupils also learned about conservation and traditional methods of map making.

Youth Forum member Georgia Vullinghs has written a blog post about her experience helping at the workshops in Park Road Primary School.

A photograph of school pupils looking a maps

King's Road Primary School

Primary 7 from King's Road Primary investigated the allotment gardens of Rosyth.

The class gained key skills including photography, investigating historical maps and how to collect memories.

The result was a large memory tree of oral histories about allotments collected from local people. This was displayed in the exhibition in May 2016.

Two photographs of school children holding up big pieces of paper in a classroom.

Camdean Primary School

Rosyth has changed a lot over the last 100 years – why, how and what changes will we see in another 100 years?

In March 2016, pupils at Camdean Primary School received training in urban town planning, created their own 3D model towns and learned how Historic Environment Scotland records the built environment for generations to come.

Headteacher Mrs Parkyn commented during the 3D model workshop that many of the pupils were more engaged than they had been all term.

St John’s Primary School

In April 2016, Queensferry Road, one of the most iconic roads in Rosyth, was recorded by pupils through photography and sketching. 

Pupils discovered architectural features ranging from jetties to catslides! They discovered why the road, buildings and green spaces developed as they did and used their new photography skills to record their findings. Many of the pupils' photographs will be added to the National Record of the Historic Environment, Canmore.

Celebrating Rosyth's Centenary

The community-curated exhibition, organised by the RGCA, gave the schools an opportunity to display their research and creative interpretations to the past, present and future of Rosyth.

It was well attended by over 1,600 people, including the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Princess Anne and Baroness Annabel Goldie.

A photograph of two women listening to a young girl with long hair in a school uniform.Pupils from St John’s Primary School explain their display about the history of Rosyth to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Baroness Annabel Goldie. Image courtesy of the Scottish Government.
A photograph of a woman dressed in a Navy uniform listening to a young boy in a striped blue tie.Pupils from St John’s Primary School explain their display about the history of Rosyth to Princess Anne. Image courtesy of the Scottish Government.
A pupil from King's Road Primary School beside the 'memory tree' display, recording local people's memories of allotments in Rosyth.
A photograph of two young girls in green jumpers and white shirts.Pupils from Park Road Primary School beside their display on different modes of transport seen in Rosyth over time.
A photograph of a young girl in a white shirt with a red tie smiling at the camera.A pupil from Camdean Primary School beside the 3D model town created in a Scotland's Urban Past workshop.
A photograph of a young boy and girl smiling at the camera. She has long hair and he is wearing a striped blue tie.Pupils from St John’s Primary School beside their display on the shops of Rosyth over the years.

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