Libraries project lands top design award

An innovative software project led by The City of Edinburgh Council's Libraries and Information Service has scooped a prestigious design award.

Whose Town?, an educational resource which uses real life Edinburgh case studies to illustrate key moments of recent history, emerged victorious at the Scottish Design Awards 2011, with designers Eskimo picking up the Chairman's Award for Design.

The awards were presented at a ceremony held at Glasgow's Thistle Hotel earlier this month.

Councillor Deidre Brock, Culture and Leisure Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: "Huge congratulations to Eskimo and everyone in our Libraries service who worked on Whose Town?; this prestigious award is thoroughly deserved. Having seen the software at first hand, I can attest that it is absolutely captivating - the use of personal recollections from real Edinburgh people brings the subject matter brilliantly to life and I'm sure the resource is already proving invaluable to school pupils across the city."

Whose Town? is an award-winning and innovative resource for teaching Social Studies developed by Edinburgh City Libraries in partnership with Edinburgh Museums and Galleries and Edinburgh City Archives. It is an interactive digital resource built on the City of Edinburgh's heritage collections that brings Edinburgh's history to life. Whose Town? is linked to the Curriculum for Excellence second to fourth level outcomes.  Whose Town? was supported with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Teachers and pupils can access Whose Town? from Glow (the schools' intranet), and explore the lives of fourteen real people who lived in Edinburgh at different points between 1850 and 1950. (Glow users will need their login and password details to access Whose Town? on Glow).

Whose Town? is also available to a wider audience through Capital Collections.

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