We recently said farewell and thanks to two of our fantastic volunteers at the RL Stevenson room in the Writers’ Museum.
For the past 21 years Pat and Mona have spoken regularly to museum visitors about Stevenson, his life and his books. Their passion and commitment has been appreciated very much by staff and by the public.
Our six other volunteers continue with their regular commitment to the museum. We will all miss Pat and Mona and wish them well in their retirement!
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It is LGBT History Month and we are touring our Proud City exhibition to venues across the city.
We installed the display in Stockbridge Library this week where it will be on show until the end of March. We will then take the exhibition to Oxgangs Library. We are also currently planning a tour to high school libraries in the autumn!
A new exhibition by Citizen Curator is on display in the Video Room at the People’s Story Museum. Queens for a Day explores the history of galas and pageants in Leith. You can catch the exhibition until 11 March.
The exhibition showcases a specially commissioned film, material collected during the project and some of these lovely pins from the museum collections.
You can see other community exhibitions in our venues: Downstairs at People’s Story you can view the Crossings exhibition which was developed with Dancebase and Historic Environment Scotland. You can find out more on the Dancebase website.
Across the road at the Museum of Edinburgh you can see Our Story, an exhibition developed by Edinburgh Interfaith Association exploring the diverse faiths of Edinburgh.
Elsewhere in the city you can catch a touring version of Proud City: LGBTQIA+ Edinburgh. This will be on display at Fountainbridge Library until 1 February. The exhibition will then move to Stockbridge Library.
Did you miss the Proud City exhibition when it was on display at the People’s Story Museum? You can now see a smaller pop-up version of the exhibition on display in Fountainbridge Library.
Proud City marks 10 years since the exhibition Rainbow City: Stories from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Edinburgh opened at the City Art Centre. Proud City provides an insight into LGBTQIA+ history and explores the lives of people living in Edinburgh today.
The touring exhibition features a small selection of objects from our collections as well as the specially commissioned film which was developed for the project. The exhibition will tour community venues and will travel to Stockbridge Library in January.
I’ve not written for a while as the last couple of months have been very busy. However I wanted to share some of my autumn highlights.
Our Story launched at the Museum of Edinburgh on 10 November. Our Story is an exhibition which has been developed by Edinburgh Interfaith Association to tell the stories of the diverse faiths of Edinburgh. The exhibition has offered a great opportunity for us to get some of our religious collections out of storage. These are now displayed alongside items loaned by faith communities and photographs and oral histories telling the stories of people from different faiths. The exhibition will be on until 23 April.
On 12 October I was proud to talk about Proud City: LGBTQIA+ Edinburgh at the Museums Galleries Scotland conference with Alice Andrews from Glasgow Women’s Library. It was a very inspiring day and I loved hearing about other projects.
A small version of Proud City will also soon be on tour in local libraries. It will be installed into Fountainbridge Library on Thursday.
In October I took part in Luminate, running a day of activities with the Travelling Gallery at Kirkliston Library and offering a special Art in the City session at the Museum Collections Centre.
Art in the City also visited Songs for Winter at the City Art Centre this month. Below you can see some images of artworks in this wonderful exhibition by Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen.
Amongst all of these special events, other activities go on. I’ve worked with arts organisation Citizen Curator to run visits to the Museum Collections Centre. I’ve worked with artist Hans Clausen to offer activities linked to his project- The People’s Museum of Myth and Memory. I’ve visited Almond Mains Initiative and the Royal Infirmary to run reminiscence sessions. I’ve worked with several schools- including Royal Mile Primary and Bun-sgoil Taobh na Pàirce– and welcomed groups and researchers to the Museum Collections Centre.
I have also started supervising two lovely Museum Studies students from the University of St Andrews who will be helping to update our access audits.
Last but not least, I attended my first meeting as a Trustee for the Social History Curators Group. I am now the Web Editor and look after the website and social media for the group.
On Sunday we held a volunteer party in the beautiful setting of Lauriston Castle. Around 50 attended and took part in an afternoon offering tours of the castle, croquet and music.
Museums and Galleries Edinburgh offer a range of volunteering and student placements. These include: Assisting visitors and carrying out visitor surveys in exhibitions, running living history events, giving tours, assisting with outreach, carrying out collections research, researching access in our venues, documenting and inventorying collections, assisting with social media and many other roles.
You can find out more about Lauriston Castle and volunteering on our website.