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42PEOPLE?SPRING 2012WWW.NTS.ORG.UKWorks) or household fabric conserved (as told in TheHousekeeper's Tale) and adds up to a glimpse of thebigger picture of the Trust's work."I wanted to convey the hidden strengths of theTrust," explained Colin MacConnachie, head oflearning services and architect of the series. "Duringmy 13 years with the Trust I've met so many fantasticpeople who bring so much knowledge and passion totheir work. It's sometimes very humbling. It'sdefinitely what makes the job worthwhile." Thatpassion can sometimes border on obsession, as isfreely admitted by Pat Wigston and Paula McEwan,the two white-gloved ladies featured in TheHousekeeper's Tale. This seven-minute film should bethe template for conservation cleaners everywhere.The understanding of light damage and the erodingscourge of dust mites is complemented by touchingself-revelations like "I suppose I'm incredibly picky"or "I'm a bit like an invisible house elf"."It's people like Ken Chappelle the Clockmakerand Dan Watson the Ecologist who keep thecomplex beast that is the Trust going," continuedColin. "It's these people who make a visit enjoyableand safe for the public." These vignettes celebratethem and their contribution and show a far morerounded picture of what the Trust actually does thanif we'd taken the usual tour-guide approach. The films are also a way of preserving knowledgefor the benefit of those that follow in their footsteps.Each person featured in Scotland's Stories knows somuch about their job, their subject or their craft.The value of this is inestimable and by capturingthem in relaxed conversation a lot of real insight isimparted anecdotally - much of which might neverhave been expressed in a more corporate exercise.That the films are very "non-corporate" is a greatstrength. Artistic documentary would be a good tagfor them. Members of the Trust along with membersof the general public should be pleasantly surprisedby the quality of production as well as the charmand educational value of the stories themselves. Colin MacConnachie put together a talented teamto make Scotland's Stories. But before he did that hehad a technical challenge to overcome. Havingdecided that film, rather than print, was the way totell these stories and that he wanted them to beaccessible onlnine, he searched for a way to makethis possible. The answer? A software programmecalled Soundslides, which is ideal for storytelling.Essentially this is an audio/visual programmeCaught on camera,clockwise from top:stonemason JustinEgerton at Culzean,mycologist AlisonMurfit and ecologistDan Watson"Do immerse yourselfin these stories. Your insight into the work of the Trust will be expanded and enriched"?