Canal heritage comes to life at Laurieston Primary School

Primary 5 pupils from Laurieston Primary School donned the outfits of famous canal characters to tell the story of the Forth & Clyde Canal as they joined us to celebrate Heritage Awareness Day today, Friday 6th October.

The event celebrates Scotland’s first-ever Heritage Awareness Day, where audiences across are Scotland encouraged to celebrate what heritage means to them in this year of History, Heritage and Archaeology.

Prolific canal engineer John Smeaton and major backer of the Forth & Clyde Canal Sir Lawrence Dundas were just some of the characters portrayed by schoolchildren as they told the story of the historic, 200-year-old waterway to their class.

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The school workshop forms part our ‘Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage’ project, a national programme of activities to engage people with Scotland’s canal heritage, funded by Historic Environment Scotland.

Sessions are designed so schoolchildren can have fun while learning about their local heritage, and finding out how people have shaped society over time.

For more information on how to get involved with canal heritage activities contact Cultural Heritage Officer Lisa Snedden on or 07584 385043.


A huge thanks to Miss Deacon and her class for a very fun Heritage Day, and for taking some fantastic photos!

Lisa Snedden, Canal Officer for Cultural Heritage at Scottish Waterways Trust said:

We’re delighted to be working with the pupils of Laurieston Primary School to explore the history and heritage of the Forth & Clyde canal in Falkirk on Heritage Awareness Day!

By dressing up to tell the fascinating story of the canal from initial survey to closure then reopening, the schoolchildren have really delved into the past to learn about what makes the waterway so special.

Heritage Awareness Day is a great opportunity for everyone to celebrate their local history, and it’s wonderful to see local schools connect with our canal heritage here in Falkirk.