Dumfries Museum

Activity Sheet

The Tree Trail

Can you follow the trail around the museum?
the answers are all connected with trees...

Now go into the Main HallNow go up the stairs and turn left onto the BalconyWalk around the balcony and turn right into the Gallery
Find the early bicycles in the Foyer. They are also called "velocipedes". Some parts are metal, the rest is made of _ _ _ _.
Find the case called The First Farmers. Farmers cut down trees to make space to grow crops.
Before Neolithic times this area was covered in forests, but people began to clear them with _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _ .
Find the case called The First Christians. Underneath it is an Iron Age plough or ard. It would have been pulled by two cattle. It is made of wood from an _ _ _ _ _ tree.
find the Norman and Native case. Mediaeval tool kits contained familiar wood working things like hammers, chisels, axes and saws. These tools were sharpened with _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.
Find the Log Boats Or canoes. One of these is more than 4000 Years old! Most log boats are made of wood from _ _ _ trees
Find the Woodlands case. Several of these animals need woodlands to survive. Even in the right habitat animals can be threatened, just because another animal eats the same food or lives in the same places. Red squirrels have become almost extinct in England because of competition from _ _ _ _ squirrels.
Find the Fossil Footprints case containing the Stigmaria. 225 million years ago this the was root of a giant club moss or tree fern which might have stood 30 metres (100 feet) high. it grew when this area was a hot, humid swampland. it was found at _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  _ _ _ _ _, Kirkbean
Find the Clogs case. Shoes used to be made of wood! Find the postcard showing school children wearing clogs. It was taken at _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ School in 1910.
Find the Queen Anne Bureau. it is nearly 300 years old! It is made of _ _ _ _ _ _ veneer
Find the Burn Witch! case. People used to believe that berries from a tree could protect them from evil spirits. it is called a Mountain Ash or_ _ _ _ _ tree.
Find the Daily Life case. Many everyday things used to be made out of metal, horn or wood. There are three wooden goblets in the case. One has two initials on it. They are _ _ .
Find the Dumfries - A Royal Burgh case. Besides it is a carved wooden chair that is over 300 years old. The date on it is _ _ _ _ .
Now leave the gallery, and go into the Agriculture Floor of the Windmill. Many things here are made of wood, but can you spot the tall ships mast?  it is now the post of the spiral staircase!
Go up the stairs to the Crafts Floor and Find the Pitsaws Harvesting trees is a long process. they have to be cut down and unwanted branches removed. Then they are brought out of the forest and taken to a yard for sawing into smaller pieces with pitsaws. The pitman often received a _ _ _ _ _ _ _ shower!
Find the wooden Water Pipes. They had three advantages over today's metal ones. People felt the water tasted better, it rarely froze, and even if it did, it could not _ _ _ _ _ the pipe.

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Completed the Tree Trail at Dumfries Museum on (Date)........