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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The Burry Man and the Ferry Fair

It is the Ferry Fair weekend and the Burry Man is in South Queensferry today. The Burry Man walks around Queensferry covered in burrs (the spiky seed cases of the burdock plant). His route is available here.

You can find out more about the tradition on the Edinburgh Museums & Galleries website.

This is my photograph from 2013.


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Pirates, parrots, cats, dogs and peacocks

Last week I ran two sessions at West Pilton Neighbourhood Project.

The first session was pirate themed- inspired by Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (one of the writers represented in the Writers’s Museum). We made treasure maps and parrots.

The second session looked at animals in art and sculpture- inspired by the City Art Centre’s collections and Greyfriars Bobby.

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Crossings exhibition and launch

Yesterday we finished installing Crossings, a new exhibition exploring the heritage of Leith. The exhibition is on display in Leith Library until 19 September. It will then move on to be displayed at Dancebase from 23 September-9 December.

DSC_0652Crossings was a project developed by Dancebase in partnership with Edinburgh Museums & Galleries and Historic Environment Scotland. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


The exhibition consists of a trio of dance films which have been created by a diverse range of groups from Edinburgh in response to the vibrant heritage of Leith. They are on show alongside the museum collections which inspired the dances.


Edinburgh Tales from Upward Mobility, Unusual Suspects from Dance Base and Edinburgh Young Carers Project learned about the heritage of Leith through visits to the Museum Collections Centre, the City Art Centre and Trinity House (Historic Environment Scotland). The groups then worked with dance artists Luke Pell, Beverley Grant and Allan Irvine; filmmakers Maciej Czajka and Pedro Vaz Simões; and sound artist Barney Strachan to create new dance films which explore the history of Leith and its people.


The project launched at the City Art Centre on Tuesday. The event showcased the dance films alongside live dance performances and a display of the objects.



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Museums Alive visit Lauriston Castle

The Museums Alive volunteers visited Lauriston Castle yesterday for a meeting and social get together. Thank you to Mike at Lauriston for hosting us.


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New Vacancy- Curator

Edinburgh Museums & Galleries are recruiting for a new part time Curator. The post will be based at the Museum of Edinburgh.

Salary: £28,347 – £33,893 (Pro-rata for part time)
Hours: 20 (Wednesday – Friday)

Responsibilities: Develops, manages and curates programmes of exhibitions and collection displays for a variety of different audiences.  Manages the policies, strategies, objectives and targets for the core areas of interpretation, care and development of the Council’s History collections and exhibitions, which include Recognised Collections of National Significance.

Closing Date: 2 August 2016

Find out more at My Job Scotland. 

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Summer holiday activities

SL1_5656Today is the first day of  our summer holiday activities.

I will be running street games sessions at Balgreen Library at 11am and at Fountainbridge Library at 2.30 today (15 July)

I will also visit:

Oxgangs Library for a games activity on 3 August at 11am

West Pilton Neighbourhood Project for craft activities on 4 and 5 August at 2pm.

Colinton Library for a games activity on 8 August at 2.30pm

Balerno Library  for a games activity on 12 August at 11am

Currie Library for a games activity on 12 August at 2pm

Most of these activities are drop in and free, however there is a small charge at West Pilton Neighbourhood Project. Please contact individual venues to find out more.

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