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Preparing for the Grand European Tour

Preparing for the Grand European Tour
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Today (31 August 2018), 6th formers from Campbell College Belfast (CCB) received professional tour guide coaching to deliver tours of the school in preparation for European Heritage Open Day (EHOD) that will be held on Saturday, 8th September 2018.

Pupils rehearsing their tours.

On EHOD, hundreds of properties in Northern Ireland, not normally accessible to the public, open their doors to visitors to share their heritage with the wider community. As part of CCB’s offering this year, tours will be led by students from the College who are studying A-level history. These tours will aim to show visitors what the school was like during Edwardian times and introduce them to the Men Behind the Glass Programme.

Brian English, from Belfast City Sightseeing, came into the College to give the student-guides professional advice. He trained the scholars on how to lead the tours, project their voices, handle questions from visitors and bring the history of the College alive.

Brian English

The tours on EHOD will start from 10am, take around 20 minutes and end at around noon. They are free and open to anyone who is visiting the College; there is NO requirement to book places. Buses from Belfast City Sightseeing will be making special stops during the morning as part of their regular tours of the city.

The College’s programme for EHOD will also include stalls from a wide range of heritage organisations who will be exhibiting in the dining room. They will include the Public Record Office of Northern IrelandNorth Down MuseumLiving Legacies 1914-1918The Somme Association & Somme MuseumHistory Hub Ulster and Military History Association Ireland. Experts from these organisation will be available for questions and they will be joined by the College’s own Men Behind the Glass team, the College's Combined Cadet Force and The Old Campbellian Society.