Museums Alive

I have just been doing some work on one of my big projects: Museums Alive.

Museums Alive is a joint volunteering project with Health and Social Care. We train volunteers to go out and run museum sessions in care homes and day centres across Edinburgh. So far we have run all sorts of sessions including reminiscence, art and music activities.

I was just adding up statistics from the previous sessions and I’ve realised we are coming up to 100 sessions so far! We have worked 10 venues for main projects, run sessions with over 1000 participants, developed 5 exhibitions and several art displays. We have also had 23 volunteers who have given their time to the project and we are in the process of training 3 more. Quite a few of our volunteers have moved on to find work in related sectors, which is brilliant.

On Tuesday we finished a block of sessions in Tower Care Home which looked at travel. We explored local holidays and trips to Portobello and South Queensferry and objects from Japan, Pakistan, Nigeria and elsewhere! As a final product we produced a map of places people in the group had visited. Here is a part of the map:

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And we left some labels so other residents can put the places they have visited on the map too:

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About edinburghmuseumsoutreach

I'm the Outreach & Access Manager at Edinburgh Museums & Galleries (the museums service of the City of Edinburgh Council). I take the museums out to community groups and schools. I really enjoy meeting lots of people of different ages and backgrounds and helping them connect with our collections. I love showing people some of the amazing objects that we hold and I like helping them to remember the past or to create something amazing.
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