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Huge project will bring history to life

History is set to be brought back to life by hundreds of schoolchildren during a groundbreaking new project.

Young people in Perth and Kinross will be taking part in the innovative project over the next two school years in an aim to bring them closer to their local history.

The Living Communities program will work with around 1,800 pupils to bring historic stories to life using art forms.

Children will choose stories from history in their local communities and then retell them using film, drama, visual art and other creative skills. They will also use the skills and knowledge of local community groups to recreate the stories.

The project has been organised through a partnership between Perth and Kinross Council and the Gannochy Trust.

Kirsty Duncan, cultural development manager at the council, said: “Living Communities is an ambitious and exciting project.

“It’s about investing in the education of our young people and the development of our local communities.”

Mark Webster, chairman of the Gannochy Trust, added: “This groundbreaking project will see young people and community groups working together to find out more about their cultural identity.

“It is exciting and has no fixed boundaries, and will bring generations together, open people’s minds, stimulate imaginations and help everyone to understand what is truly special about Perth & Kinross and its place within the nation and the wider world.”

Work will begin in schools in January and the results will be on show in Perth Museum and Art Gallery later in the year. It will be the largest project of its kind to be held in Perth and Kinross.

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