Processions: Join us on Sunday!

You may have heard about Processions. This event celebrating 100 years of women’s suffrage will take place on 10 June. Processions is a mass participation artwork for women and girls (anyone who identifies as a woman or non-binary). You can sign up to attend on the Processions website if you would like to attend by yourself. The details for the Edinburgh event are now online.

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However as ‘Their Work is Not Forgotten: celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage’ opens to the public that weekend, we are running workshops at the Museum of Edinburgh. We are also looking for people to join us to process through Edinburgh to represent the museums.

You can find out more about the workshops here. After the workshop on the 10 June we will walk from the Museum of Edinburgh to the Meadows to join Processions and we would love for you to join us!

If you would prefer to come for just the event you can join us from 11.30 at the Museum of Edinburgh and walk up to the event with us (we will probably set off around 12). If you would like to join us after this please contact Diana Morton to arrange: diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk.

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My first month

Hello! I’m Ria, the new Outreach and Access Manager with Museums & Galleries Edinburgh. As Diana is now working part time, we are sharing the role, and so I will be positing here to update on the projects that I work on.

Since starting last month I’ve been out to visit all of our museum venues. I’ll mostly be based at the Museum of Edinburgh and it’s great to get an insight into what the curators here are working on. Helen has just finished working on the re-display of the glass gallery, Sandra has been working on an exhibition of contemporary photography by young people from Whale Arts, Gemma is reworking the New Town displays and Anna is busy preparing for an exhibition to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage.

I enjoyed a tour of the Museum of Childhood by one of the curators, Susan, and was really interested to see the recently refurbished ground floor of the museum. I found it very inspiring and even a bit emotional as I recognised toys from my childhood and reflected on the speed at which my young son is growing up!

Further up the Royal Mile the Writers Museum is a hidden gem covering the work of three Scottish writers – Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson and Walter Scott. In the Stevenson room there is usually a knowledgeable volunteer from the Robert Louis Stevenson Club on hand to tell visitors a bit more about the man and his work.

I was also very lucky to visit Lauriston Castle and Queensferry Museum on one of the hottest days of the year. I highly recommend a visit out of the city centre to these venues! Although they are quite different they both have fascinating collections as well as beautiful backdrops in the form of the grounds of Lauriston Castle and the three bridges over the Forth at Queensferry.

Museums & Galleries Edinburgh have a fantastically diverse range of venues and collections and I’m very much looking forward to working with communities across Edinburgh to enjoy them.

 

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We are looking for participants for Their Work Is Not Forgotten: Celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage

Museums & Galleries Edinburgh are developing an exhibition exploring the 2018 centenary of the Representation of the People Act and of women gaining the right to vote. This will go on display in the Museum of Edinburgh in June and is titled Their Work Is Not Forgotten.

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As a part of this we are looking to work with women in Edinburgh to explore what this means to women today. We would like to make audio recordings of women discussing women’s rights and protest. We hope to make these recordings available in the exhibition. No previous knowledge or experience is necessary, we just want to know what you think!

We are also looking for people who would like to make some banners and flags for use in the Processions event which will take place in Edinburgh on 10 June. Processions is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a mass participation artwork to celebrate one hundred years of votes for women.

More information on Processions is available here: https://www.1418now.org.uk/commissions/processions/

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27 April: 2-4pm: Take part in recordings and flag and banner making:  Museum of Edinburgh at 142-146 Canongate

Join us at the Museum of Edinburgh on 27th April 2-4pm for the opportunity to be recorded discussing your views on protest, women’s rights and what the centenary means to you and to take part in a banner and flag making workshop (it is not essential to do both activities).

You can drop in on the day or book your place by emailing Diana Morton: diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk or phone 0131 529 6365. If you cannot make the 27 April but would like to take part in the recordings, do contact us to see if it would be possible to arrange another time.

This activity is free.

8 June: 2-4pm and  10 June: 10-11.30am: Flag and banner making workshops: Museum of Edinburgh at 142-146 Canongate

Want to make a banner or flag for the Processions event? We will offer additional workshops on the weekend of Processions. You will be able to visit our exhibition for inspiration as well as taking part in the activity.

This session will not involve any audio recordings.

These events are free and drop in.

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Farewell Pat and Mona

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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Vacancy: Outreach & Access Manager

Would you like to develop exciting outreach and volunteering projects for Museums & Galleries Edinburgh?

I am now working part-time and we are looking for someone to take on the other half of my role. It is an amazing job- you get to work with lots of great people and fabulous collections!

Please see My Job Scotland for more information.

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LGBT History Month

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!

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Queens for a Day

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.

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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.

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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.

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