Games and nautical instruments

The last couple of weeks have been lovely and sunny and ideal for street games sessions. I have been all over the city from McDonald Road Library and West Pilton Neighbourhood Centre to Currie, Colinton and Balerno Libraries. Quite a few folk have been coming along to try diabolos, peever, gird and cleeks, skipping and many other games.

For those who are unsure what a gird and cleek is: It is a hoop and a stick- see image below.

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The Museums Alive volunteers have also been busy out at Silverlea Day Centre and Care Home. Tomorrow they will be creating a display for the participants. The sessions have been going really well and I’ve been hearing some great feedback!

I have also been busy planning Citizen Curator, an exhibition exploring Leith. It will open in October here at the City Art Centre. I’m currently going through the long-list of objects chosen by the local community and trying to narrow it down into an exhibition that will fit in our space! Not an easy task, there are so many lovely things I would like to include.

I spent a morning in our store last week with Nico (one of our History Curators). We came across some lovely nautical items. I was wondering if anyone out there could confirm that this is a sextant not an octant? It is from David Stalker a merchantile instrument manufacturer on Commercial Street. Sextants and Octants were used by ships to navigate.

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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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