Crossings exhibition now on display at the People’s Story Museum

Crossings is an exhibition exploring the heritage of Leith. The exhibition is the cumulation of a project developed by Dancebase in partnership with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Historic Environment Scotland.

Several groups of young people explored the heritage of Leith through visits to the Museum Collections Centre, the City Art Centre and Trinity House (Historic Environment Scotland). The groups then chose museum collections to display and worked with dance and sound artists to create new dance films which explored the history of Leith and its people.

The exhibition showcases museum objects selected by the young people and the films created as a part of the project. You can also watch the films on the Dancebase website

The People’s Story Museum is open Wednesday- Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5.

Crossings was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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New vacancy- Collections Care Officer

We are looking for a new Collections Care Officer- to apply visit My Job Scotland.

£28,347 – £33,893 per year, full time (36 hours a week), permanent.

A great opportunity has arisen within the Curatorial and Conservation team of Museums and Galleries Edinburgh. The post-holder of this key role will have responsibilities for preventative conservation across all our museum and gallery venues, which include the Museum of Childhood, City Art Centre, Lauriston Castle and Museum of Edinburgh and across all our varied collections, a number of which are ‘Recognised’ as being of National and International Significance. The role will include practical conservation as well as working alongside curatorial and technical colleagues, assisting with objects on permanent display as well as those on temporary loan.

The post-holder will be based at the Museums Collection Centre, the primary storage facility for the reserve collections, and will be responsible for managing its operation. However, there will be frequent opportunities to work across our venues. Providing specialist advice on the care and maintenance of the city’s monument estate is an important component of the post, as is coordinating a service wide programme of housekeeping, and responding to public and research enquiries.

The post-holder will have a Post Graduate professional qualification or equivalent in a relevant discipline, as well as experience of using preventative conservation techniques, and of working in a museum, gallery, or similar environment.

Closing Date: 21 March 2017

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International Women’s Day: The campaign for women’s suffrage in Edinburgh

Tomorrow is International Women’s Day and the theme for 2017 is ‘be bold for change’, so I thought I would dip into history to share some stories of women working for change!

Until 1918 women in the UK did not have the right to vote in parliamentary elections. However many women did campaign to gain these rights. The campaigns are usually split into two groups- the Suffragists (who campaigned peacefully for the right to vote) and the Suffragettes (who felt that sometimes more militant and unlawful acts were required).

One of the main suffrage organisations was the WSPU (Women’s Social and Political Union) who organised protests in Edinburgh in 1907 and 1909. The 1909 protest was larger and was led by campaigner Flora Drummond. We have some lovely images of the march in our collections:

You can read more more about the march and the leading figures here.

One particularly interesting story is that of Bessie Watson (in the image below). She played the bagpipes at the march in 1909 and her full story has been recorded on Our Town Stories.

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One of other my favourite objects in the collections is this Panko game (shown in the image below), named after Emmeline Pankhurst, one of the movement’s leaders. The cards show suffragists and anti-suffragists.


Women finally won the right to vote with the Representation of the People Act in 1918, however it was only in 1928, with a second Representation of the People Act, that they finally gained the right to vote on the same terms as men.

You can read the text panels from our previous Votes for Women exhibition on our website. They are split into two parts- panels 1-7 and panels 8-14.

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Art in the City- New dates for summer

The Art in the City programme has now been updated with new dates for April- July.

Art in the City provides an opportunity for people whose lives are affected by dementia and their friends, families and carers to share a gallery visit and discuss art (and other things) in a friendly and supportive environment.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Diana Morton: or 0131 529 6365 to be added to the mailing list to receive the most up to date information

Thurs 9 March Tour of Lauriston Castle Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh EH4 5QD
Thurs 13 April The Queen’s Gallery

(Please let us know in advance if you would like to attend- numbers limited)

The Queen’s Gallery, The Palace of Holyrood House, Canongate, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH8 8DX
Thurs 11 May Scottish National Portrait Gallery Scottish National Portrait Gallery, 1 Queen St, Edinburgh           EH2 1JD
Thurs 8 June Edinburgh Alphabet- City Art Centre City Art Centre, 2 Market Street,Edinburgh. EH1 1DE
Thurs 13 July Edinburgh Alphabet- City Art Centre City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1DE
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Lauriston Castle are looking for a new Assistant Steward

Are you interested in working in the beautiful venue of Lauriston Castle? We are looking for an Assistant Steward. For details and how to apply see My Job Scotland.

Salary: £16,850 – £19,536 (plus working time payments, depending on actual shifts worked).

Hours: 36 per week.

Applications close on 8 March


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LGBT History Month- Free art workshop


Who we are when no one’s looking: Creative workshop with artist Chris Kent

Saturday 4 February


City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1DE


Join us for this special art workshop for LGBT History Month Scotland. We will explore issues of identity through art. Participants will have the opportunity to make their own mixed media artwork.

You are welcome to bring along any photos, photocopies, cuttings etc that you would like to include, but this is not essential.

No previous art experience necessary!

To book: Please book via Eventbrite 

Chris Kent: Chris Kent is a portrait artist, illustrator and woodworker who lives and works in Scotland.

Chris’s work inhabits a world of beauty and obsession and insubstantial memories, and is often concerned with mental health issues and gender identity.

Proud City: Proud City is an exhibition at the People’s Story Museum which explores LGBTQIA+ life in Edinburgh. The exhibition is on display until 26 February 2016.

Access: The activity will take place on the 5th floor of the City Art Centre, there is lift access to this space.

For more information contact: Diana Morton at, 0131 529 6365

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Art in the City

This year I have taken over the running of the Art in the City programme. The first activity of 2017- a visit to A Sketch of the Universe – will take place tomorrow (12 Jan) at the City Art Centre at 10:30.

arts4306d-bruce-gernand-coded-chimeraBruce Gernand, Coded Chimera, 2010, University of Dundee Museum Services, © the artist.

Art in the City provides an opportunity for people whose lives are affected by dementia to share a gallery visit and discuss art (and other things) in a friendly and supportive environment.

We are a friendly, diverse group of people who meet on the second Thursday of the month  (from 10:30-12:00) to visit art galleries (and sometimes museums and historic buildings).

The next two sessions will take place on:

9 February: 10:30-12: The city’s art collections (slideshow) at the City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1DE

9 March: 10:30-12: Tour of Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, Edinburgh EH4 5QD

Art in the City is run by volunteers and staff from Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and is mainly based at the City Art Centre. However we do visit other museums and galleries, so please contact us prior to attending for a full programme and for further information.

For more information or for a programme, please contact:

Diana Morton: Outreach & Access Manger: 0131 529 6365

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