Project information

Playing the Past

We are currently seeking funding to work with disadvantaged and unemployed young people, aged 16 -25 in North Edinburgh to record old football grounds in the city. Playing the Past will offer a range of heritage-focused activities that will have a positive impact for those stuggling to find meaning.

September 2011 - June 2012

Charity information: Archaeology Scotland

Archaeology Scotland
  • Need


    The districts of Pilton and Granton are amongst the most deprived communities in Scotland, as can be seen from the Scottish Index for Multiple Deprivation - Pilton and Granton are in the worst 5-10% deciles for employment, the worst 5% for health and worst 5-15% for education, skills and training. Our project will target unemployed young people who have under-achieved at school and who are facing a range of issues by giving them the opportunity to learn new skills around a subject their interest


    We know that sport, and particularly football, has huge youth appeal, especially for young men in Scotland. Our innovative project will be a powerful means of engaging young people, helping them to develop numeracy, literacy and IT skills, confidence, inter-personal skills and to look to the future and make positive life choices. Playing the Past will inspire young people to investigate the history and topography of Edinburgh’s old football grounds by taking on the role of a ‘building detective’

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide training and support to 15 unemployed young people in Pilton & Granton


    » We will run a series of 8 skills specific workshops where young people will learn about archaeological surveying and recording techniques

    At least 15 young people signed up to the project

    Aim 2

    To enable the group to record the old football grounds in Edinburgh


    » 18 fieldwork visits where the young people will put their new skills to use to record the signs of change that they find

    A booklet and exhibition

    Aim 3

    To develop an ongoing relationship with the audience and support their skills and confidence


    » by working with the Spartans Community Football Academy which provides opportunities to participate in sport and recreation for young people

    The number of young people completing the project

  • Impact


    Our project will target unemployed young people who have under-achieved at school are facing a range of issues from living in an unstable family home to coming into regular contact with drugs and alcohol. Long term change will be behavioural and demonstrated by the number of participants who follow up with further training or make other changes to their lifestyles


    The risk of not finding people willing to participate has been dealt with by building up a relationship with the Spartans Community Football academy


    An evaluation of the project will be carried out and reports prepared. There will be a photographic record of the project.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £9,048

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      Amount Heading Description
      £4,259 Staff time managing the project and workshops
      £667 travel costs for participants to attend training etc
      £1,122 resources equipment and protective clothing etc
      £1,000 materials exhibition materials
      £500 booklet production of booklet
      £500 marketing promotional materials for exhibition
      £500 evaluation costs for independent evaluation
      £500 event celebration event for launch of exhibition

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    HLF £4,524 Guaranteed
    Archaeology Scotland £1,500 Guaranteed
  • Background




    We are currently seeking funding to work with 15 disadvantaged and unemployed young people, aged between 16 and 25 years old in North Edinburgh. The districts of Pilton and Granton are amongst the most deprived communities in Scotland

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have a proven track record of success in educational projects, with outreach being one of our most popular initiatives. We have been developing outreach and training programmes at which young people, of all educational abilities, can learn the skills involved in surveying sites, interrogating the historic records, examining evidence of the history of places, embarking on making a photographic record and other survey techniques and much more

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Phil Richardson

    Phil is currently volunteering with Archaeology Scotland and has been responsible for developing this project proposal