New education suite to be opened at Maggie Law

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Today (Thursday), Maria Walker, director of education and children’s services, Aberdeenshire Council, will formally open a new education suite within the Maggie Law Maritime Museum in Gourdon.

The new IT facility has been financed by a consortium consisting of Aberdeenshire Council, CETCO Ltd, Portlethen, Raymond Connolly, 3 Sun Group, Linton Business Park, Gourdon, Oil Technics, Linton Business Park, Gourdon, and Fotheringham Property Developments, Inverbervie.

Graham Johnston, of Stonehaven Kitchens, donated, designed and built the work areas for the education suite.

Lathallan School, and Inverbervie and Gourdon schools have all been involved with Maggie Law Museum sponsored projects since 2013, when the museum was reopened to the public after a number of years of closure, and brought back to community use, with assistance from Aberdeenshire Council.

The staff and pupils of the local schools have made a tremendous contribution to local maritime heritage and to the work of the museum, and this culminated in having their work acknowledged last year by then First Minister, Alex Salmond.

Dave Ramsay, project director, said: “Thanks to the generous local businesses and support from Aberdeenshire Council, we can now offer a state-of-the-art IT maritime heritage and education centre, which will benefit schools, tourists, families who visit the museum, and research heritage specialists.”

The Education Suite is linked to all the maritime museums in Scotland and directly to the Titanic, Cutty Sark, and Grace Darling exhibitions, making this an important Museum in the Visit Scotland brochure, and linking heritage, tourism and education as an integrated community service, as well as being part of a 21st century visitor attraction.

Maria Walker, director of education, said: “I am delighted to have been asked to open this new facility. I have always been fascinated by museums, no matter the size. It is wonderful to see how the young people of south Aberdeenshire have worked with their local museum and hopefully sparked an interest that will be with them all their lives.”