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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.