A Wee Loan to a Wee Museum

Learn more about the Wee Museum of Newhaven in this blog by our collections management colleagues.

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The collections here at the Collections Centre are here for everyone to enjoy. We reckon there are about 300,000 objects here, so it’s unlikely they will all get their turn to be on display in our permanent galleries in the museum venues- not in the near future, at least! But they can be seen and used while in the stores during our tours and for research. This post is about another way the collections have been accessed. Researched, photographed and borrowed by school children to create their very own Wee Museum in their school building.

For a few years now we have been lending objects from the museum collections to Victoria Primary School in Newhaven. The loan was for a small display at the school looking at the local history of  Newhaven, one of Edinburgh’s historic fishing villages.

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New Art in the City Autumn/ Winter programme

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.

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Image: Robert Blomfeld

We are a friendly, diverse group of people who meet once each month to visit art galleries (and sometimes other places!)

All sessions are 10.30-12.00. We meet at 10.30, and have coffee or tea and a chat. At about 11am we start our session. We finish at 12.00.

Our Autumn/ Winter programme:

DATE EXHIBITION VENUE
13 Sept Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master

 

Academy Building, Scottish National Gallery, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL
11 Oct Edwin G Lucas: An Individual Eye 

 

City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1DE
8 Nov Riddles Court 

 

Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.  EH1 2PG.
13 Dec St Cecila’s Hall 

 

St Cecilia’s Hall, 50 Niddry Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1LG
10 Jan Robert Blomfeld: Edinburgh Street Photography City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh. EH1 1DE

 How do I take part?

To be added to the mailing list, please contact: Diana Morton: diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk, 0131 529 6365

Art in the City is run by volunteers and staff from Museums & Galleries Edinburgh (the City of Edinburgh Council). We also work with other museums and gallery services to arrange visits.

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Free British Sign Language tours

Join us for special tours with BSL interpretation. Please meet in museum and gallery receptions. Tour will last one hour 30 minutes.

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Saturday 22 September, 2pm. Tour of The Writers’ Museum.

This magical Museum celebrates the lives of three giants of Scottish Literature – Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson. Home to portraits, rare books and personal objects including Burns’ writing desk, the printing press on which Scott’s Waverley Novels were first produced, and the rocking horse he used as a child. We have Robert Louis Stevenson’s riding boots and the ring given to him by a Samoan chief, engraved with the name ‘Tusitala’, meaning ‘teller of tales’. There is also a plaster cast of Robert Burns’ skull, one of only three ever made.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit Eventbrite or visit or phone The Writers’ Museum reception on 0131 529 4901.

This museum has a series of stairs with no lift access.

Sunday 7 October, 1pm. Tour of Lauriston Castle.

Join us for a tour of this enchanting Castle by the Sea. Step back in time and experience life in Edwardian Edinburgh. Marvel at the sumptuous rooms and beautiful décor.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit Eventbrite or phone Lauriston castle on 0131 336 2060.

This tour has some steps to the main floor of the house with no lift access.

Saturday 10 November, 2pm. Tour of ‘Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye’ at the City Art Centre.

The first major exhibition to focus on this unusual and enigmatic artist. Featuring over sixty artworks from public and private collections, including loans from the artist’s estate and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, it traces the untold story of Lucas’s life and career.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit Eventbrite or visit or phone the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993.

The City Art Centre has lift access to all galleries.

Saturday 17 November, 2pm. Tour of Museum of Childhood.

The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys and games from across the generations. The Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit edinburghmuseums.org.uk or visit or phone Museum of Childhood reception on 0131 529 4142.

This tour will focus on Gallery One which is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Saturday 8 December, 2pm. Tour of ‘In Focus: Scottish Photography’ at the City Art Centre.

This exhibition showcases the City Art Centre’s photographic collections, charting the development of fine art photography in Scotland from the 19th century to present day. The exhibition features work by a range of historic and contemporary artists, including Hill and Adamson, Thomas Begbie, Joseph McKenzie, David Williams, Maud Sulter, Wendy McMurdo, Calum Colvin, Christine Borland and Dalziel + Scullion.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit Eventbrite or visit or phone the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993.

The City Art Centre has lift access to all galleries.

Want to know more about access in our venues? There is access information on our website or email diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk and request a venue access guide.

 

 

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New displays at Victoria Primary School

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The Wee Museum of Newhaven at Victoria Primary is being refurbished. The new exhibition ‘Newhaven Stories’ will explore three themes: Newhaven in Wartime, Fishing and Schooldays.

The school will be open for Doors Open Day on 29 September, or you can visit the museum by appointment. Please phone the school on 0131 476 7306 to book.

The Wee Museum of Newhaven is at Victoria Primary School, Newhaven Main St, Edinburgh EH6 4HY

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Free descriptive tours for people with visual impairments

Join artist Tessa Asquith-Lamb for tours specifically designed for visually impaired visitors.  Please meet in museum and gallery receptions. Tours last an hour.

IMG_5602 (002)Saturday 1 September, 2pm. Tour of ‘Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye’ at the City Art Centre.

The first major exhibition to focus on this unusual and enigmatic artist. Featuring over sixty artworks from public and private collections, including loans from the artist’s estate and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, it traces the untold story of Lucas’s life and career.

Free, but booking is essential, to book drop in or phone the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993 or visit Eventbrite.

The City Art Centre has lift access throughout.

Saturday 22 September, 2pm. Tour of Museum of Childhood.

The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys and games from across the generations. The Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit or phone Museum of Childhood reception on 0131 529 4142 or visit Eventbrite.

This tour will focus on Gallery One which is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Saturday 3 November, 1pm. Tour of Lauriston Castle.

Join us for a tour of this enchanting Castle by the Sea. Step back in time and experience life in Edwardian Edinburgh. Marvel at the sumptuous rooms and beautiful décor.

Free, but booking is essential, to book phone Lauriston castle on 0131 336 2060 or visit Eventbrite.

This tour has some steps to the main floor of the house and there is no lift access.

Saturday 17 November, 2pm. Tour of Museum of Childhood.

The Museum of Childhood has a place in the hearts of millions. The first museum in the world dedicated to the history of childhood, it displays toys and games from across the generations. The Museum also explores other aspects of growing up, from schooldays and clubs to clothing, health and holidays.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit or phone Museum of Childhood reception on 0131 529 4142 or visit Eventbrite.

This tour will focus on Gallery One which is fully accessible for wheelchair users.

Saturday 26 January, 2pm. Tour of ‘Another Country’ at the City Art Centre.

This exhibition explores the story of migration and is curated by Euan Gray and Alberta Whittle.

Free, but booking is essential, to book visit or phone the City Art Centre reception on 0131 529 3993 or visit edinburghmuseums.org.uk.

The City Art Centre has lift access to all galleries.

Want to know more about access in our venues? There is access information on our website or email diana.morton@edinburgh.gov.uk and request a venue access guide.

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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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