A week in outreach- puppets, the belt, art and meetings

On Monday I worked with Old’s Cool intergenerational group. Old’s Cool aims to bring together young people and older people. We chatted about growing up, going to school and going to the football. However this object, the tawse (or belt) provoked the most discussion.2016-11-21-15-09-32On Tuesday I visited Milford House care home to run a reminiscence session. This Pelham Puppet from the Museum of Childhood handling collections was a favourite with the residents.

Pelham Puppet film from Edinburgh Museums Outreach on Vimeo.

On Wednesday, Museums Alive came to visit the City Art Centre. Residents from Clovenstone and Ferrylee Care Homes came to see the Paper Trail exhibition and join in with a reminiscence session.

I also had some really interesting meetings this week. I met with staff at the Palace of Holyrood House to discuss working with older people’s groups and  how to improve access. I also met with Jilda, from National Museums Australia who is visiting Britain as part of the British Council’s Accelerate Programme.

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New exhibitions- as seen on TV!

The ‘Speaking Out’ and ‘The Real Women of Edinburgh’ exhibitions at the Museum of Edinburgh were featured on ‘Live at Five’ on STV on Monday night. You can watch online on the STV Player.

Both exhibitions launched last Thursday night with an amazing opening event featuring poetry, music, drama and dancing!

The official launch of the ‘Bedtime Stories’ exhibition at the Museum of Childhood took place last Friday. I’ve uploaded some images of the event below.


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New vacancy with the Travelling Gallery

Our colleagues at the Travelling Gallery are looking for a new Gallery Driver/ Exhibitions Guide.

Salary: £16,850 -£19,536
Hours: 36 hours per week

Travelling Gallery is looking for an enthusiastic and qualified driver (HGV) to join our team.

Travelling Gallery is a custom-built mobile art gallery which brings contemporary art to communities throughout Scotland.

The post holder will be required to drive a 12m long Scania Omni Dekka vehicle throughout Scotland and present talks on the exhibition to school groups, students and members of the public at various venues.

Considerable driving experience along with excellent communication skills, experience of working with the public and an interest in art and design, practical skills and working within a small and dedicated team.

The position will involve travelling throughout Scotland and applicants must be prepared to spend regular periods of time away, for which expenses will be paid.

Closing Date: 18 November 2016

Find out more at: My Job Scotland

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New exhibitions at the Museum of Edinburgh


Two new exhibitions opened today at the Museum of Edinburgh‘Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland’, explores 40 years of Scottish Women’s Aid with objects, oral history and film.  One particularly poignant object is the handbag in the photograph above. One woman fled from her abusive partner with nothing but her child and this handbag.

You may remember that I posted about art workshops run with women accessing the services of Edinburgh Women’s Aid earlier this year. Some of the artworks created are now on display in the exhibition.


In the lobby space at the Museum of Edinburgh is a second exhibition: ‘The Real Women of Edinburgh’ developed by Shakti Women’s Aid. This commemorates 30 years of their organisation.


‘Speaking Out’ is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a partnership between Scottish Women’s Aid, Glasgow Women’s Library, the Glasgow University Centre for Gender History and Women’s History Scotland.

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Museums Association conference 2016

I’m back in the office after a very interesting couple of days at the Museums Association conference 2016 in Glasgow.


Amongst many fascinating sessions, the keynote by Scots Makar Jackie Kay was a highlight. I also enjoyed ‘Getting to grips with gender and using the F word in museums’ led by Glasgow Women’s Library and  ‘Seeking refuge’ which featured case studies by Jamtli Open Air Museum and Museum Friedland on how museums can support refugees.

I spoke at a  session called ‘Whose stories? Has anything changed?’ The session was chaired by Jo Sohn-Rethel from the Heritage Lottery Fund with Laura Bennison from National Museums Scotland  and Basharat Khan from Bash Art Creative. I spoke about Proud City and we discussed cultural ownership, labelling and whether short term project work can stifle community engagement.

It isn’t the best quality image, but I did like this action shot of the last minute preparation meeting we had at the conference.


The following day I ran a workshop with Hazel Marzetti (Proud City project volunteer) on ‘Engaging with LGBTQIA Audiences’. We discussed Proud City in more depth and showed the project film.

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Proud City at the Museums Association conference and exhibition

Images for Exhibition LGBTAre you interested in knowing more about the community project behind Proud City?
If you go to the Museums Association conference and exhibition next week (7-8 November at the SECC in Glasgow), there will be 2 opportunities to learn about the project.
At 3pm on Monday the project will be discussed as a part of the ‘Whose stories? Has anything changed?’ session exploring diversity in museums.
If you aren’t going to the main conference, there is a FREE workshop programme. So drop by at 10am on Tuesday to join us for a session on ‘Engaging LGBTQIA audiences’.
More information is available on the Museums Association website
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Your Holiday Snaps Wanted!

Our colleagues at the Museum of Childhood would like to collect photos of Edinburgh families on holiday from the 1970s onwards. Can you help?

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We are looking for the best photos of Edinburgh families to include in an upcoming exhibition.


The Museum of Childhood has over 1000 photographs, including many pictures of families at the seaside or on picnics, but we need your help to bring the display up to date. Do you have good holiday snaps of your family since the 1970s? Poolside fun or caravan chic, we’d love to see them.


We will choose up to ten of the best to include in our exhibition at the City Art Centre in May 2017.

Send your best photos (a maximum of 3 each) to alice.sage@edinburgh.gov.uk before 10 December 2016.

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