I’m lucky, my job still excites me even after eight and a half years! What a spectacular place to work. It beats a high rise office any day, even in the winter when my office window rattles from the high winds! But the biggest reward of the job comes from teaching. It always makes me smile seeing the faces of school pupils as they walk through the entrance to the castle.
The expression of “wow” all over their faces. One of the burning questions is normally about what ghosts we have in the castle. So I usually fit in a wee spooky story somewhere in the activity. By the end of a session, having explored the castle buildings and taken part in hands-on learning in the education room, they leave with their imaginations ablaze. As one pupil said “this is the best, best, best trip ever” while clutching the knight’s sword he bought in the castle shop.
Kirsten Wood, Stirling Castle education officer.