Pupils (P4–7) meet a Jacobite officer to discover more about the 1745 Rising in this session.

Classes: P4–7
Cost: £75
Timings: 10:15/11:30/12:45 (60 mins)
(check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Mon 7 – Thu 10 Oct 2019, Mon 20 – Thu 23 Jan 2020

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What will my pupils do in the workshop?

Relive the dramatic events of 1745–46 as our Jacobite officer reveals the pros and cons of choosing different sides in the last Jacobite Rising, and the differences between rival armies. This session involves handling authentic and replica objects.

Pupils will:

  • meet an authentically dressed Jacobite soldier and discuss what they can tell about him from his mode of dress
  • discuss as a group the pros and cons of joining the Bonnie Prince in 1745
  • handle authentic and reproduction objects as the story of the Jacobite Rising unfolds
  • have the chance to volunteer to “join” the Jacobite and Redcoat ranks, seeing how the different uniforms were worn
  • witness a volunteer learning how to wear the Highland plaid
  • see the differences between the weaponry of the two armies and judge which had the better chances
  • collectively advise the Jacobite on key decisions as the story progresses, discovering how the fortunes of the two sides changed
  • follow the story of 1745-6 from beginning to end and understand its consequences

Timings for October sessions

Classes taking part in the October 2019 sessions will also have the opportunity to visit the exhibition Wild and Majestic: Romantic Visions of Scotland as part of their day. 

Each class booking will be allocated one of the timeslots below. Please let us know when booking if you have a preference.

Timeslot A 10:15–11:15 – Jacobite Journey session 11:30–12:00 – Lunch 12:00–13:00 – Exhibition visit
Timeslot B  10:15–11:15 –Exhibition visit 11:30–12:00 – Jacobite Journey session 12:30–13.00 – Lunch
Timeslot C 11:00–12:00 – Exhibition visit 12:00–12.30 – Lunch 12:45–13:45 – Jacobite Journey session

Useful resources and activities

  • Visit Level 3 of the Scotland galleries to see our display on the Jacobites
  • Discover more about the objects in our collections, including an interactive Jacobite timeline online
  • Find about our past exhibition and resources linked to it Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites

Curriculum links






When I engage with others, I know when and how to listen, when to talk, how much to say, when to ask questions and how to respond with respect.

LIT 1-02a

When I engage with others, I can respond in ways appropriate to my role, show that I value others’ contributions and use these to build on thinking.

LIT 2-02a

Social studies


I can compare aspects of people’s daily lives in the past with my own by using historical evidence or the experience of recreating an historical setting.

SOC 1-04a

I can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.

SOC 2-04a


I can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.

SOC 2-03a

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The Jacobite challenge

Discover the story of the Jacobites and Prince Charles Edward Stuart, better known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, through key objects from the national collection.
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