Looking Forward by Preserving The Past

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Written by Rebecca Stapely on in Strathclyde and West

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Reliable, skilful, engaging and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, we don’t hear these words used enough to describe young people. However, these are words that can be used to describe Rebecca Stapely, aged 24 from Ayr.
Rebecca has been volunteering at the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum since doors opened in December 2010. Starting as a guide, Rebecca brought with her an exceptional knowledge of traditional Scottish furniture, which she has used to delight visitors and educate staff.

Rebecca is now on the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum internship programme and since the start of 2012 has delivered workshops on Scottish history and literature to more than 1000 children each month.

Rebecca is a great example that shows young people do care about their heritage and history. She is also a fantastic example of a young person who cares about helping others, of all ages, and showing them that young people are contributing positively to the community and across Scotland.

Young people can often be perceived as ‘living for the moment’ and not taking an interesting in things that matter to their communities in terms of protecting their heritage and honouring the things that have come before. Rebecca shows that this is an unfair stereotype to label all young people with. She is very away of the importance of the heritage of her community and she is showing others that young people can play a part in ensuring the history and culture of the community lives on.

What are young people in your area involved in? Do you know any young people who are involved in preserving local heritage within their communities? We’d love to hear about them! Perhaps young people in your community don’t show much of an interest in heritage? Tell us your thoughts below.

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