Sir Walter Scott’s slippers!

Yesterday I was very lucky to be at the Writers’ Museum when Sir Walter Scott’s slippers were delivered!

The slippers were said to have been given to Scott in 1830 after his visitors noticed his old slippers were looking worn. The slippers are on loan to the Writers’ Museum and are now on display.


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New volunteering opportunities at Lauriston Castle


We are recruiting a number of Volunteer Guides to assist with the education programme and tours. For more information please visit our website.

Full training, ongoing support and travel expenses will be provided.

For more information and an application form please contact:
Gareth Jenkins, Volunteer Co-ordinator
0131 529 2193

The deadline for applications is Friday 25 November.

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Bedtime Stories Quilt, Scottish Museums Day, Newhaven, reminiscence and more…

Great news from our colleagues at the Museum of Childhood- the bedtime stories quilt is now finished! In this quilt, over 60 children and adults from across the UK have shared their memories of bedtime stories. Every single square has a story, so follow this link to find out more: Bedtime Stories Quilt

In other news this week: On Monday you might have seen that it was Scottish Museums Day. If you missed out, you can see highlights from Twitter on Storify.

As well as tweeting (@EdinCulture– do follow us!) I also went to Newhaven to see the unveiling of the plaque commemorating the Fishermen’s Cemetery. It was lovely to catch up with the Newhaveners again and to discuss some ideas for future collaborations.

On Wednesday a new volunteer started to help with visitor research in Proud City. Gareth helped with the Museums Alive feedback session and I went to visit the Library Link group at Blackhall Library to run a reminiscence session. We had a great time chatting about holidays and trips to the beach. I’ll be back out to visit them again next week.

There was another reminiscence session on Thursday at St Joseph’s House at the Little Sisters of the Poor. We talked about school days and there was a lot of chat about getting the belt!

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Crossings now at Dancebase

The Crossings exhibition is now on at Dancebase until December. You can view original objects from our Leith collections alongside items loaned by Historic Environment Scotland and films of dance pieces interpreting the heritage of Leith.



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Singing in the playground

This week the Museums Alive volunteers met after their summer break. We were very fortunate to have a special training event arranged by Connecting Scotland’s Sounds with the inspiring Ewan McVicar.


Ewan is an expert on Scottish playground songs (amongst many other things!) He is also incredibly knowledgeable about using sounds and songs in sessions and he has inspired us to try this out in our activities.

Thank you to Amy McDonald at the National Library of Scotland for all her help with the session.

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Write at the Museum

Exciting news from our colleagues at the Museum of Childhood!

Stories of Childhood


We’re starting an exciting new writing group at the Museum of Childhood. It will be a small group of up to ten writers. All levels of experience welcome, and types of writing.
Our galleries might inspire new pieces of poetry, prose or memoir, or perhaps give new energy to works in progress.

Enjoy exclusive access while the museum is closed to the public, and write among the wonderful displays. Discuss your work over a cup of tea with the friendly group and get advice from the experienced tutor.

To start, we are offering a four week course over the Autumn and Winter with professional writer Regi Claire, for £80.

Tuesday afternoons, 2.30-4.30pm.

25 October 2016, 22 November 2016, 10 January 2017, 7 February 2017

Get in touch if you have questions or to book your place.

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Last day of summer holiday activities

Today is the final day of the outreach summer holiday programme. I will be running traditional games activities at Balerno Library at 11am and Currie Library at 2pm.


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